This is even less interesting to me than the Wii-U system was (and I didn't think that could be possible.) Why try to push two consoles on me at once? They should just keep doing what they were doing when they were at the height of their success: making a major home console and also making a smaller portable console, two completely separate things. The only possibly way they could improve on that formula would be to make the same line of games work on both consoles. It seems like that's what they *want* to do, but that they run into some kind of barrier getting their. And for Nintendo I can imagine that barrier: their own weird strict demands on themselves. Like when the N64 was still in cartridges because Nintendo was afraid of load times.
Games any more are getting so large, I have to ask what is the realistic future of gaming. Cartridges can only hold so much data without getting unrealistically expensive. But if you want something that will play on both a larger at home console and a smaller portable console, it seems like the way to go.
Of course, mini discs can do the job as well. According to wikipedia, mini blu-ray discs can hold 15 GB. That seems sufficient for the current generation of gaming.
Also, the question rises in my mind as to why a person would want the larger console version when they already have the portable one. I suppose if you want a drive for huge storage and back-up (which I feel like has becoming the market standard) then you have to have a console. But is there any other reason? It seems to me that video driving hardware has been reduced pretty well to a tiny little device, going by the size of my laptop's graphics card that can send a signal out through an HDMI port. So for video purposes, you could just have a wall-wart powered portable with a kickstand and an HDMI port and be good to go if you're not concerned about backing your games up.
And if Nintendo makes the discs cheaply enough, there you go, you don't have to worry about backing them up in case the disc gets damaged. And they could probably focus on that bottom line if they weren't trying so hard to come up with such weird crap.
So I guess what I'm saying is Nintendo should just commit to a portable console that can be plugged into a big screen and act as home entertainment. Why the hell not? Save all that money that would have gone into developing and producing this weird hybrid crap and just make a super powerful portable console. And let the user supply an SD card (preferably not forcing them to use mini-SD) as their memory stick. Then they can have all their game save data in a portable fashion as well.
Another good reason to focus on a single, portable console is that more time and thought can be put into making it use the least amount of power possible so the user gets the most play time out of it.
Any ways I'm not going to give yet another hybrid a second thought any more than I did the Wii-U. All I'm convinced of now is that Nintendo appears to not be learning from their mistakes and might be doomed. That's sad because I was kind of hoping to see the promised Wii 2 eventually.