Rumor claims Wii U has Android built-in

Rumor claims Wii U has Android built-in
It is starting to feel like whenever a device or company is losing steam, there's one surefire way to at least get it some buzz: claim that Android is going to be added in. We've seen it time and again. There have been multiple rumors that RIM would be either switching to Android, making its apps available for Android, or simply selling to the largest Android manufacturer. There have been rumors that Sony might adopt Android for its PlayStation products. And now, it has been rumored that the next Nintendo console, the Wii U, will have Android built-in. 

We just heard about how Nintendo thinks that the iPhone killed portable game consoles (although we're not sure if Nintendo needs to "think" that, since it is quite obviously true.) Now a rumor is gaining steam that the Wii U will be Android-powered. We say that the rumor has been gaining steam, because the original rumor actually came out back in February on the French gaming site Nintendo Town. There was nothing to substantiate the rumor, and it seems pretty unlikely, but not completely out of the question. 

It is true that smartphones and tablets have severely cut into the portable console market, and Nintendo has already seen its only competitor in that space (and we use the term "competitor" loosely), Sony, already beginning to move its PlayStation branding to Android-powered smartphones and tablets. It would seem likely that Nintendo wants to find a way into that market as well, but the idea that the Wii U would be the console to start that move seems very odd considering it is not really a portable console even though the Wii U tablet controllers could very well be mobile. 

We certainly don't believe the rumor, but we wanted to pass it along just in case it does turn out to be true when the Wii U is shown off at E3 in June. You know, just so we can claim to have known all along. 

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27 Comments

1. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

The Wii U is a joke. They better not associate any part of android with their kiddy systems. Nintendo used to be good 15 years ago. Now it's just for old people and children.

2. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Nintendo has always made its products targeted for people about 25 and younger. The Wii added in the 60+ crowd, but Nintendo never really aimed at the 25-60 demographic. You outgrew Nintendo products, that's what PlayStation and Xbox are for. It doesn't mean that Nintendo isn't good. It's just not good for you.

3. TOYMAN

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

i agree with you but i think 18 and under is more like the age group. i have friends that are 21, 22 19 23 etc and non of them really like the wii at all its ps3 or xbox360

11. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I felt it necessary to include drunken college kids.

12. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

^^^^^lmfao xD good job michael good job

13. MAS10X

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 26, 2011

Man you throw a get-together with Booze and Wii Sports and you know you are gonna have one hell of a story for next day :)

15. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Like busting your tv when you forget to strap the control to your wrist and let go of it :D

19. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I was thinking about the cheap NES/SNES/N64 that you could pick up on a lucky day at the Salvation Army, but Wii Sports could work too.

4. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Im 15 and i prefer xbox, all my friends prefer xbox, my parents prefer xbox, my grandfather even prefers xbox.

16. MobileCaseReview

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Did you know Bill Gates' father questioned why he was building a gaming console.

17. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

The original xbox may not have been one of the most popular system, but it spawned the Xbox 360 which has went on to be an extremely popular system.

24. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

F**** Android! I hope Nintendo doesn't release that beta OS on the Wii-U. The last thing we need is a buggy OS on the Wii. Also "kiddy"? Welcome to 2012 how is 2001 doing for you? I haven't heard that argument in YEARS! Also how can you say the Wii-U is a joke when you never even played it and you don't know what games are coming from it? Nintendo going with Android is a joke and the title of this article made me check my calendar to make sure this wasn't April 1st.

25. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Calm down sport, there's enough animal crackers for everyone. No need to get your mittens all bunched up kiddo.

5. android1234

Posts: 203; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

Wii is for younger children at ages 5-12 years old....

6. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

My little brother age 11 hates wii lol

7. Leon101

Posts: 90; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

WHATA .... BACK UP nintendo android isn't made for you OK you got that so just stay away from it , you guys (nintendo) are just mad since you cant overpass XBOX or PS3 or even the Apple app store ( an article said it) SO BACK UP theres no more room!!! ARTICLE:http://www.phonearena.com/news/Nintendo-claims-the-iPhone-killed-the-handheld-game-console_id29533

8. Leon101

Posts: 90; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

BUT im not a Nintendo hater... im just saying it should stick with what ever its os is !!!

22. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

You do know that the Wii was selling more than the xbox and ps3 combined right?

9. s1nnless

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Well, sales and statistics say you're all wrong. Wii is, by far, the most sold console, like DS. Of course it's not for hardcore gamers, but Wii has it's market. I doubt that rumor is true, but it could be interesting for the tablet controler.

10. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

The Metroid story is one of the best in gaming history (my opinion) . No other game on any system has ever moved me like the way Metroid games have. the Prime series is the best and I might buy the Wii U just for that game alone. I LOVE my PlayStation 3 and my massive collection of games back to PS1, but its something about Metroid that makes its hard to put the controller down.

14. MAS10X

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 26, 2011

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA!!! Enough Said, no dumbass birds fighting pigs can over take the MIGHTY LINK

18. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

This will not save nintendo,unless they give us a android duo-screen phone. IF they continue like this,they will be bankrupt in 2014.Hope samsung buys them and make mario as their mascot.

20. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I own a NES, N64, Sega Genesis, Gamecube, Wii, PS2 and now an XBOX 360 - I play Halo and XBOX far more than any other game - but the Wii is still loved by the kids and the wife uses it for her workout (and, I like the results :-) )

21. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Wii U Epic Fail!

23. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Reading the comments in here, can't do anything but shake my head. Morons, Nintendo has made money hand over fist on that same Kiddy ass system you hate so bloody much. Listen it's a casual market, check out the crap people play on their phones, casual pick up and play for 15 mins or less games. I doubt that Nintendo would put Android OS in Wii U as that means Nintendo would have to pay some royalties to MS...and lets face it these guys aren't into making their competitors money. I have all the current systems and Wii gets some playtime in from time to time, especially Smash Bros., game is just ass kick and then I play my old GC games on it, like PSO, and the DoR series. People who need a system to define how old they are need help, I bet it's the precise control that has you puzzled, your geriatric nerves can't handle it. It's ok it's not easy to deal with such precise control, it's a bit on the creepy side as we're all so used to dual analog stick control and KB and mouse combos.

27. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Wii U will have a blu ray drive. Means paying royalties to sony.

26. vincentguariglia

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

The android market would definitely help Nintendo and imagine if you could play android games directly on the tv through your Wii U console.

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