Wii U with integrated Android OS? Is that what you want?

#1 Edited by Contrarian (1143 posts) -

French site Nintendotown has posted a new batch of Wii U rumours, one of which is rather plausible due to previous comments made by Nintendo.

First up is the rumour that a new Metroid is in the works for the console and is being built using Unreal Engine 3. This is plausible, and the site says a tech demo of the game was shown in cooperation with Nintendo’s Retro Studios. At least, that is what we gleaned from the Google translation.

Another rumour the site noted which was posted on Adweek, was that Nintendo is in talks with various partners regarding video on demand services. Wii owners can already watch Netflix offerings on the console, but this rumour implies a built-in application on the console’s dashboard similar to Xbox 360 and PS3. Like the aforementioned rumour, this one is definitely plausible considering Nintendo has been hinting around at such content. Still, the firm has been a bit evasive so expect to hear more about the UI and apps at E3.

The final rumour posted in this little round-up was in relation to news the firm has integrated Android OS on Wii U. This one, we’re not really sure about, and honestly find it extremely far-fetched. Then again, in the world of gaming news, nothing really surprises us anymore.

That is the latest rumours. For me, the Metroid one is far more interesting as I buy a games console to play games. This could be a very special Metroid we will see. However, the unlikely one about Android OS is probably a good talking point. I don't do Android, so it means nothing to me. Does it many anything to you? Does it matter or would it be an awesome addition if true?

#2 Posted by Jack268 (3387 posts) -

I doubt it. Nintendo has always had this "We only make games for consoles we made ourselves" thing, and if it used Android, I'm sure there's a whole boatload of built in limitations that maybe wouldn't mesh with their games. That is, unless they are allowed to basically modify it in anyway they see fit. I don't know if Google would be down with that though.

#3 Edited by Mr_Skeleton (5140 posts) -

Let me be the first to say the Android OS sucks. Also that sounds very un-Nintendo like.

#4 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7614 posts) -

Nintendo's move to release all their upcoming 3DS/Wii games digital is pretty bold of them.. but I don't see them suddenly partnering with Android, especially if that meant Nintendo games appearing on Android phones. I'm sure a lot of people would love to be able to get virtual console games on there, but it would instantly destroy one of the biggest selling points of Nintendo systems. If it's just Nintendo using Android UI's.. I guess it could happen, but why?

The Metroid news would be amazing though, even if Retro are only involved and not straight up developing it. Anything would be a step up from that Team Ninja "Metroid" game.

#5 Edited by selbie (1879 posts) -

I'm open to the idea of using Android, but considering Nintendo's track record, they like to keep everything in-house. It's a viable move though when you consider Apple is essentially their rival. What if Android isn't for the Wii U, but for their next handheld device?

#6 Posted by Cubic (171 posts) -

@Jack268 said:

I doubt it. Nintendo has always had this "We only make games for consoles we made ourselves" thing, and if it used Android, I'm sure there's a whole boatload of built in limitations that maybe wouldn't mesh with their games. That is, unless they are allowed to basically modify it in anyway they see fit. I don't know if Google would be down with that though.

If Nintendo didn't mind whether or not it had Google apps on the tablet, Google wouldn't have any say in it. That's what Amazon did with the Kindle Fire, which is why it looks so different.

I think this is really unlikely, but I guess it could be some sort of misguided attempt at trying to get some of that smartphone money. If Nintendo built their own marketplace they could sell apps specifically built for the tablet, and I imagine a lot of current android apps would be modified to take advantage of that hardware. If the tablet can be untethered from the console and be taken about, it would essentially be a large Xperia Play without the sim card (unless they decide to do something really wild and put a sim card in the controller).

But then they'd be shooting the 3DS in the foot, since the controller would essentially be a new handheld console. So I don't think they're going to do that.

#7 Posted by Contrarian (1143 posts) -

@selbie said:

I'm open to the idea of using Android, but considering Nintendo's track record, they like to keep everything in-house. It's a viable move though when you consider Apple is essentially their rival. What if Android isn't for the Wii U, but for their next handheld device?

I would have thought their next handheld is so far away - 4 years maybe - that it wouldn't for that. Too much would change before then. I assume based on Nintendo business style this is very unlikely. I still don't really understand what it would mean, not being familiar with Android (I'm Macman)

#8 Posted by JJOR64 (18942 posts) -

Everything sounds plausible except for Android OS.

#9 Posted by LordAndrew (14426 posts) -

@Jack268 said:

I doubt it. Nintendo has always had this "We only make games for consoles we made ourselves" thing, and if it used Android, I'm sure there's a whole boatload of built in limitations that maybe wouldn't mesh with their games. That is, unless they are allowed to basically modify it in anyway they see fit. I don't know if Google would be down with that though.

As long as the terms of the license are followed, Google will have no problem with it. Nintendo did obey the licenses for the open source code used in the 3DS browser, and I trust they'd do the same if the Android rumour were true.

#10 Posted by iAmJohn (6114 posts) -

So where did this story come from, aside from some random French site no one has ever heard of?

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#11 Posted by Contrarian (1143 posts) -

@iAmJohn said:

So where did this story come from, aside from some random French site no one has ever heard of?

Who knows with rumours John. That is why we should always be sceptical. Some things take a life of their own and most turn out to be false.

#12 Posted by LordAndrew (14426 posts) -

@iAmJohn said:

So where did this story come from, aside from some random French site no one has ever heard of?

Coming from a random French site no one has ever heard of is what gives it credibility. Random French sites have a pretty good track record.

#13 Posted by JasonR86 (9653 posts) -

I think it's actually kind of a cool idea. Also Retro working on another Metroid would be fantastic.

#14 Posted by GS_Dan (1402 posts) -

I was hoping the Vita would run on Android. I don't feel so good about a home console though.

#15 Posted by Claude (16255 posts) -

I've been seeing this Android rumor pop up all over the place. I'm sure the tablet would only be able to stream from the console, but it is an interesting idea. Makes me look forward to E3 even more. The leaks have begun.

#16 Posted by selbie (1879 posts) -

@Contrarian said:

@selbie said:

I'm open to the idea of using Android, but considering Nintendo's track record, they like to keep everything in-house. It's a viable move though when you consider Apple is essentially their rival. What if Android isn't for the Wii U, but for their next handheld device?

I would have thought their next handheld is so far away - 4 years maybe - that it wouldn't for that. Too much would change before then. I assume based on Nintendo business style this is very unlikely. I still don't really understand what it would mean, not being familiar with Android (I'm Macman)

From what little I know, the 3DS has had poor sales relatively speaking, so a new handheld might only be 1-2 years off (based on the assumption Nintendo want to quickly break the stigma of lost profits). Also if you consider Android being a direct competitor to Apple's iOS (or at least the closest competitor so far), then you can see a logical progression occurring. An android based handheld could be essentially the equivalent to the iPod Touch, with the ability to use apps alongside Nintendo's own gaming services and functionality.

#17 Posted by freewilly5 (64 posts) -

Let's not forget that Nintendo made an operating system for Google, so the companies are closer than most people think.

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