For the past five years, Nintendo has ruled the home console space, and it has led the handheld category for more than four times that long.
Now it's hoping to bring the best aspects of both fields together.
The company revealed its next-generation system Wii U at its 2011 E3 press conference, a device that will let players enjoy high-definition games at home and, in a limited fashion, on the go.
At the heart of the system is the controller, which will feature a 6.2-inch LCD screen that can double as a limited portable game system, a touch screen and an accelerometer. The system has been developed as a response to the growing popularity of tablet and smartphone devices.
The system is scheduled to launch in 2012, likely during the holiday period.
Nintendo hopes to appeal to both sides of the gaming world with Wii U. The pristine graphics could draw in core players, while the unique play elements of the controller might lure in a new audience.