Nintendo has today announced that it will merge its handheld and home console hardware divisions under one roof next month, allowing for greater collaboration between the two teams.
The teams will work together in a newly built 30 billion yen (213 millon GBP) Kyoto-based facility, which is set to open on February 16.
We'd expect this collaboration to mean that there will be more functionality between 3DS and Wii U in the future, while any further consoles or handhelds released will be closely tied together in terms of features and connectivity.
Nintendo expects joining both R&D departments together to save it both time and money. Makes sense to us.