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Nintendo to 'unify' portable and home console research teams

R&D teams merge for 'sharing of know-how and to optimise development'

Nintendo is preparing to merge together its handheld and home console R&D teams, a new report claims.

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The establishment of the new 'Integrated Development Division' marks the first restructure to Nintendo's hardware research division in more than eight years, according to local reports.

Japan based news website Inside Games says the unification of development teams is for the purpose of "sharing of know-how, basic skills, and to optimise development".

CVG has contacted Nintendo for further clarification.

The impetus for merging of both R&D divisions could be a simple case of saving costs as the company recovers from the significant investment in both the 3DS and Wii U.

However, the merging of teams could pave the way for development on future platforms that are both portable and compatible with the TVs. It could also result in software that can be played on both Wii U and 3DS.

George Harrison, the former Nintendo of America's head of corporate communications, recently confirmed to CVG that the company begins to plan for future consoles very soon after the latest one is released.

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