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Nintendo's president says the company is always researching tech that could be the starting point of something fun

It's all about fun

Nintendo's president Shuntaro Furukawa recently sat down with Nikkei for an interview about all things Nintendo. In the snippet below, Furukawa discusses how Nintendo researches new tech and the most important aspects of games.

With the rise in popularity of smartphones, our strategy is to grow the population of people who play video games. People all over the world enjoying games by utilizing the various features of smartphones, personal computers, and dedicated gaming consoles.

I’m sure new offerings like cloud gaming and streaming will emerge, but they won’t be a top priority when choosing what game to play. I think the most important things there are are the contents of a game as well as the kind of games you can play.

On the other hand, technological advances can make a big difference to the gaming experience itself. Since this can happen at any time, we’re always actively researching technologies that could be the starting point of something fun.

Categories: Interviews, Consoles

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jonjon26113
Sat Feb 27 21 06:33pm
Rating: 6

I love Nintendo because they continue to push the envelope in terms of input/interactivity, as opposed to just the output on a screen. This is why I loved the Wii/Wii U/Switch and the DS family I don't want just another box and a controller, like I can get with other game console manufacturers. I can't wait to see what Nintendo does next.

The "technological advances" have been around for years to make Nintendo's games look and play better. But Nintendo have chosen to ignore them. A Switch Pro could be fun.

Nintendo's M.O. is to breathe new life into aging (and thus cheap) tech,and increasingly more outside-the-box concepts. I wonder where the fabled "Quality of Life" products fit into this?

IIRC, they had mentioned a while ago that they were halting Quality of Life projects and instead were going to implement QofL things into current things such as game improvements, improving online multiplayer, improving websites/eShop etc.

The last I had heard was Nintendo mentioning in their annual fiscal report, briefly mentioning that it was still in development. That was in July. I don't anticipate anything coming out tomorrow, and a lot can change in six months, but I'm still optimistic. I doubt a bunch of R&D regarding improving physical and mental health would directly shift into eShop improvements and the like.

jonjon26113
Sat Feb 27 21 06:33pm
Rating: 6

I love Nintendo because they continue to push the envelope in terms of input/interactivity, as opposed to just the output on a screen. This is why I loved the Wii/Wii U/Switch and the DS family I don't want just another box and a controller, like I can get with other game console manufacturers. I can't wait to see what Nintendo does next.

Exactly! There's a "something for something" or "give and take" philosophy here. We got dual screens, motion, HD rumble and great games that used that tech in very creative and IMMERSIVE ways! Maybe one Nintendo will make somewhat stronger consoles, or even try to jum back into the power race, but I just hope the keep things new and creative and immersive. =)

But your comment is spot-on!

Same here. They are the only ones who still insist that innovation and fun are the way games have to be played. And hopefully, Nintendo sticks with that throughout.

I mean the DS and Switch alone just prove how ambitious Nintendo can really be.

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