Several people emailed me this interview from Kotaku. Let’s see what the Miyamoto is saying:
Totilo: It’s good to hear you say that, by the way. It’s not really a question, but Super Mario Bros. 3 had just been released on Virtual Console in the States on 3DS and Wii U on the same day. You had to pay for it for each download. You couldn’t get it for free [on the other platform]…
Miyamoto: Ohhh. That’s right. I’m sorry.
Totilo: Maybe you guys can do that differently next time.
Miyamoto: I’ll think about it.
In every other eco system, such as Apple’s, you buy the product once, and it plays on various devices. Your itunes movie can play on your computer, your ipad, your iphone, or your apple TV. Super Mario Brothers 3 isn’t even designed for the 3DS or Wii U. Since it wasn’t designed for that particular hardware, it should be bound to account.
Nintendo is worried that VC games will take sales away from other games. The way to solve this is to make us stop buying Super Mario Brothers over and over and over again.
I don’t interpret Miyamoto’s comments to mean a unified handheld/home console. However, I do think there will be a unified development between the two. This means the home console horsepower and the handheld’s horsepower will not vary that much. Handheld computer technology is rapidly catching up. I think Nintendo is more interested in sharing assets between the two platforms in order to save costs and time.