The Nintendo Financial Results FY3/2019 Q & A session has been published online, and as always, there were some interesting questions asked. Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa talked about cloud based game streaming. Mr. Furukawa said that while it seems to be the future of delivering video games, Nintendo will continue delivering dedicated hardware as he believes “unique entertainment experiences that can only be achieved through the development of integrated hardware and software.” However, he says the company plans to keep up with the competition in that field.
Question: Amid a significantly changing external environment, including cloud gaming and 5G, what are your thoughts on the future of Nintendo’s core integrated hardware and software business?
Furukawa: I don’t think all games will move to the cloud right now, but the technology is steadily advancing. In the future, I expect that technologies such as the cloud and streaming will evolve further as a way to deliver games to consumers. We must keep up with such changes in the environment. On the other hand, I believe that our core value, the unique entertainment experiences that can only be achieved through the development of integrated hardware and software, will further increase in value. Delivering unique entertainment that only Nintendo can create will continue to be our top priority.