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Nintendo president talks eSports, Switch sales, Nintendo Labo response, continued 3DS support, China, mobile plans, and much more

Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa recently did an interview with Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, which we've covered a bit already. Furukawa made statements on Smash Bros. Ultimate sales and Switch momentum in general. Now we have a full rundown of what was said in the interview, and it contains a bunch of different topics. Check out the summary below.

- Nintendo has taken elements of eSports into consideration when developing games
- this includes the perspective of the audience and competitors
- Nintendo is looking into making eSports events not about “large prize money”, but to increase its “contact points” with fans
- Nintendo forecasts future growth (for Switch) in Asia, as the market that hasn’t been particularly strong
- Nintendo has “things yet to be done” in Asia
- if possible, Furukawa wants to tackle the challenge of entering the mainland Chinese market
- Furukawa wants to bring more Nintendo smartphone apps overseas
- 3DS has turned into an affordable console for entry-level players and children
- compared to the Switch form factor, the 3DS is “light and compact”
- the Switch business is isolated from the 3DS business, and both can co-exist
- Nintendo has no plans to discontinue 3DS at this time and will continue to support it
- Furukawa sales it's “unfavorable” to compare Nintendo Labo sales to the sales of other popular first party titles
- Nintendo Labo sales during the holiday season saw a bump
- Nintendo hopes to turn Nintendo Labo into an evergreen product
- Nintendo does not have plans to connect all of their smartphone apps with games on traditional hardware
- one goal of making smartphone apps is to increase the fans of a certain IP
- monetization of smartphone apps is different from traditional console games
- Nintendo is committed to release “two to three” smartphone apps within the year
- Nintendo is closely monitoring Switch sales trends during the end of year and new year holiday season
- Furukawa does not have the exact figure on how many Switch units were sold
- this means Furukawa isn't yet sure if they'll hit the 20 million Switch units sold in the current fiscal year
- with Switch approaching its 3rd anniversary, it will be more important than ever to deliver “fresh” software to consumers
- Nintendo wants to highlight the versatility of the Switch to consumers

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People seem very concerned regarding Furukawa's stance of making more mobile games for profit, seemingly because they are worried about this reducing the amount of mainline titles produced. However, with the production of 3DS games slowing down (and all the games released for it being smaller titles like remakes), Nintendo has a lot more effort they can invest into these without impacting Switch. Remember that the development of Nintendo's mobile titles so far has been outsourced to DeNA.

I'm all for fresh software but I'd like to just relax and enjoy the old last year's software first.

And there's still year one software I haven't picked up yet. There's plenty of choice. I haven't touched a single port either apart from spending half an hour on my mate's copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Wow has it almost been 3 years already since the Switch launched?! Time flys when you’re having fun playing amazing games on a fantastic console.

grcpan
Thu Jan 17 19 03:30am
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Pretty sure it is a typo. It is the 2nd anniversary coming up.

LOL you’re right. I didn’t even catch that.

I see them using mobile games as a "gateway" for people who play games on their mobile, to give them a taste of Nintendo franchises to lead them into bigger games on the Switch. It's an extra avenue of revenue.

I think Nintendo should let Labo die. It hasn't been a success and it's a distraction from proper games, while Switch was starved of new first party titles last year, there were 3 of those awful Labo kits. It's not selling, here in Ireland the first 2 kits were hugely discounted in the run-up to Christmas, that's how bad it's doing.

"Furukawa does not have the exact figure on how many Switch units were sold"

Furukawa knows full well how much the Switch has sold, he just doesn't want to say. He's probably hoping the next couple of months can get it close the gap to the 20 million target. Having more apps on the Switch and a web browser would "highlight the versatility of the Switch to consumers".

The 2nd Anniversary is being celebrated

The more I hear about the Nintendo 3DS being supported the more it hurts me and I get pissed. They need ta kill the damn thing or at least when they disappoint me and release a goddamn remake on it, an an accompanying Nintendo Switch version needs to be a thing! All these exclusive titles for the 3DS that should be on the Nintendo Switch, but instead they're just pissing off the fan base instead of making them more money. 😡😡🙄😡 Selfish Ranting over.

Nintendo has done this numerous times before. When a system reaches end of life, they don't just yank it off the market. They just first stop releasing 1st and 2nd party software and then they just let the market take it out back to shoot. Remember the GBA Micro being a thing when the DS was taking off?

Hell even Wii U is still getting a few indie games and it died 4-5 years ago. Some 3rd party/indies might release a few more 3DS games even if they're only Nintendo 3DS eShop games going forward.

It's usually the 5th or 6th year where the support dries up. Except in a month the 3DS will have been out for 8 years, that's plenty of time, and they're still making games for it. It's not like they started development of a game and then half way decided to cut the console like with Skyward Sword.

Are there? Let's say there are, those Wii U games are probably Kickstarter games, i.e. games that started development years before devs knew Wii U was getting cut for Switch but they're already so far in they might as well release the game. I'd say it's more likely to see the opposite, those Kickstarter games are getting their Wii U versions cut in favour of Switch versions, like Bloodstained.

Keeping the 3DS alive.... Continued focus on mobile.... Refusing to admit Labo is a failure....

This new president is as hard headed as Nintendo has ever been.

And what's wrong if they want to support the 3DS? You do realise that a lot of the 3DS games are exclusive to 3DS and getting one might be harder when it comes.

As for the other two...meh. I mean he literally has no idea how many switches are sold right now so there's that.

ngamer01
Thu Jan 17 19 10:40am
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Doing a little copy-pasta on the 3DS bit:
Nintendo has done this numerous times before. When a system reaches end of life, they don't just yank it off the market. They just first stop releasing 1st and 2nd party software and then they just let the market take it out back to shoot. Remember the GBA Micro being a thing when the DS was taking off?

Hell even Wii U is still getting a few indie games and it died 4-5 years ago. Some 3rd party/indies might release a few more 3DS games even if they're only Nintendo 3DS eShop games going forward.

Onto LABO: Being a cult classic isn't a total sign of absolute failure. If was a total failure, Nintendo would have just quietly made it disappear like the Virtual Boy* and Wii U.

EDIT - * The Virtual Boy is a cult classic now thanks to the memes Tomodachi Life spawned.

Labo isn’t a failure.

It’s a brand new IP.
It’s not a traditional game - more akin to Edutainment
It’s got a higher price point.

It has sold well over a million copies.

It is successful, just not as successful as Nintendo would have liked.

If it was a traditional game, the poorly educated trolls like yourself and Sliggy wouldn’t hate on it so much. But because it is an expanded audience product it and threatens your gaming manhood you’ll continue your saltiness.

It’s not a traditional game - more akin to Edutainment

That's the bit that get lost on the neckbeards and hermits. Everything that Nintendo does should be geared towards them. Everything. This isn't geared at them, it's geared towards children with developing minds. I have no interest in Fire Emblem or Pokemon or even Animal Crossing. Do I bitch or moan about it? Nah I ignore it.

I hope they bring out more Labo just to up the bitterness levels even more.

I hope they bring out more Labo just to up the bitterness levels even more.
This is a mentality I never understood. "I want people to be more angry". What kind of desire is that? Shouldn't we want people to be less angry?

These people get worked up over nothing, a first world problem, something they're not even being forced into buying. A mere side project. They'll sit fuming in their microcosms over trivial things regardless. If it's not Labo it will be something else.

Let me rephrase it in a more subtle way, I hope they bring out more Labo to fly in the face of the naysayers.

nurio
Fri Jan 18 19 07:14am
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Okay, I get it now. Yeah, of course they should defy the haters and keep bringing out Labo as long as it's successful. But I think the intention should be to make people happy with it (and of course to make money) and not to spite haters.

And just to clarify, I do agree that it's silly for people to hate Labo this much, as if they're being personally wronged

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