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Nintendo President Says The Company Is Flexible When It Comes To Their Future

Nintendo is currently on a roll with the Nintendo Switch system which has proved to be a hit around the world. Japanese publication The Nikkei managed to speak with the company’s president Shuntaro Furukawa who was open about the companies future in a recent interview. With streaming thought to play a huge part in the next generation systems from Microsoft and Sony it seems as though this could be something that Nintendo is considering further down the line, rather than creating dedicated video game hardware.

It has been over 30 years since we started developing consoles. Nintendo’s history goes back even farther than that, and through all the struggles that they faced the only thing that they thought about was what to make next. In the long-term, perhaps our focus as a business could shift away from home consoles – flexibility is just as important as ingenuity.

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  1. Translation: We’ve been phasing out the 3DS (clearly, look at all the “new” games it got in 2018), and soon we’ll have multiple versions of Switch along with mobile, so no matter how you play, you’ll be able to play all the newest and greatest games we produce. There, fixed.

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      1. Him, Mike S, and others have been saying the 3DS is gonna be phased out since early 2017. If you continue to say the system will be phased out, you are bound to be right sooner or later. lol So far, they’ve been wrong but maybe 2019 will finally be the year they can say “the 3DS is phased out” & it actually be right for a change.

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  2. I think he is talking about the possibility of changing into something unrelated to videogames. Nintendo making videogames is only a recent part of their history and they have tried many different things before.

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  3. Then stop being so lazy! I DON’T want more overpriced ports and I DON’T want more 8-bit indie games! I want original fantastic deep games like BOTW!

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      1. What he wants is relevant. Right now Nintendo really doesn’t have any of the top selling third party games so what the majority of the market seems to like is NOT on a Nintendo system and can’t be at the moment.

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  4. Or in layman’s terms: “Basically, we might follow Sony & Microsoft & make more than just video games. Maybe we’ll get into the movie business with our own movie studio. Maybe we’ll make our own toys of our characters instead of hiring a 3rd party to make them. Maybe we’ll make some smartphones since we already started forcing a smartphone app on people. Maybe we’ll start doing playing cards again. Or even Love Hotels… Wait! I didn’t mean to say that out loud! Oops!”

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  5. You left out the most important part about that interview. After that he says he wants to create more smartphone games because of their continuous stream of revenue. I love Nintendo, but they’re going to make me more of a Sony fan if they go down that route.

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  6. I think he means getting their IPs more recognized by putting them in more places for ppl to see like say smart phones, movies, theme parks, etc. I don’t think they can really stop making consoles because some games require a special Nintendo only set up ala touch screens, motion controls and what not (for better or worse) I don’t think they can make Nintendo games be the same on consoles that are literally stripped down PCs. I mean they could but what would separate a Nintendo game from anything else other than nostalgic characters? If you don’t keep putting your IPs in front of people from a young age and beyond eventually the magic dies so they must remain flexible and put their IPs in front of as many ppl as possible. Just my take.

    Well that turned into a longer comment than anticipated lol.

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