Nintendo may be looking to reshuffle their hardware divisions in order to provide a greater degree of synergy between their portable and home console efforts, if a new report is to be believed, in the first large-scale organisational restructuring move for the company since 2004. According to a report from Nikkei (translated by IGN), Nintendo are aiming "to come up with net-generation game systems that will turn heads", and are looking to the creation of a joint hardware development team, and a new development building next to Nintendo HQ in Kyoto, to provide this:
"In an effort to create more innovative and attractive products, Nintendo Co. will combine the development segments for its home video game consoles and handheld game devices," states the report.
"The decision comes on the heels of recent releases of the Nintendo 3DS portable system in February 2011 and the Wii U home console last month. With more people using their smartphones and tablets for entertainment via the Internet, including games and videos, Nintendo aims to come up with next-generation game systems that will turn heads."
The move will apparently see some 130 members of Nintendo's console development team combine with 150 from the handheld division into a single department to be established on February 16th.
"The two teams will eventually be integrated and the segment will be organized by function, such as circuits, mechanisms and design," the report continues.
"Game system development projects are becoming larger and taking longer to complete as the machines become more advanced. Nintendo apparently has its sights set on speeding up these projects by sharing development processes for consoles and handheld devices where possible and by reassigning personnel depending on the situation. It sees interactions between engineers as a potential hotbed of new ideas."