Fortune has gather together a small number of renowned analysts to find out what they think has happened to Nintendo’s Quality of Life initiative. You may remember that back in January 2014 late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced that they were jumping onboard the Quality of Life train and would announce more details at a later date. We haven’t really heard anything since leading many of the analysts questioned to believe the project has been abandoned while they concentrate on mobile gaming and the Nintendo NX.
“I think it’s been pushed to the back burner,” says Lewis Ward, research director for gaming at IDC. “It’s supposed to be released in the U.S. by the end of March , but I haven’t heard anything. … [However,] I do think Nintendo has always had an interest in ‘Blue Ocean’ markets and health care and the intersection with their hardware and their software is something they’ve viewed as an opportunity.”
“I think it’s probably dead—just like the Wii Vitality Sensor was before and they didn’t tell anybody,” says Michael Pachter, managing director of equity research at Wedbush Securities.
“They have been completely invisible as a company since [Iwata] got sick,” he says. “The whole point of helping with lifestyle was getting people to buy more Nintendo devices—and I think they’re hurting so badly in devices that they’re trying to [stop] the hemorrhaging there. … I would say they’re probably focused on just getting their mobile initiative working. That’s far more important than [QOL].”