There have been a lot of rumors flying around lately about the Wii U running a version of Android OS. Nintendo and Google have yet to confirm anything regarding the marrying of their console and operating system. It does leave Android owners, and prospective Wii U buyers, to wonder about the different possibilities this pairing could offer. Nintendo has lacked in the department of downloadable content and applications. The addition of Android’s Google Play Store to the Wii U could be of enormous help when it comes to ”filling the cabinets” with media and applications.
We are particularly interested to see how the Wii U’s tablet controller interfaces with the system and software. With the controller essentially being a tablet, Nintendo could bite right into that oh so popular gaming market that has made Apple‘s iOS and Android devices popular. Given the right integration, Nintendo could gain a massive back catalog of games and entertainment on day one of the Wii U’s release.
Nintendo has suffered from poor sales in a fiercely competitive mobile market. The Wii U will need to make one massive splash if Nintendo expects to compete in the next generation of consoles. The addition of Google’s OS could be the shot Nintendo needs to get a buzz going. Let’s not forget this would allow Android developers a more intensive platform on which to develop games and applications.
At the end of the day, this is still a rumor, but a pretty cool one that could certainly give a company like Nintendo the edge as we head into the next round of console releases.
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