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Nikkei: Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa discussed cloud gaming, AR & more

Nikkei recently did an interview with Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa. Furukawa talked about multiple topics in the interview, translated into English by Nintendo Everything, including cloud gaming. Furukawa said that “it’s possible that cloud gaming could capture the public’s interest in 10 years from now, however at this point in time, I do not think that dedicated hardware will go away. It’s a long way off before we’ll really know the outcome”.

Furukawa also discussed Nintendo researching new technologies, saying that “something I do not want the public to misunderstand is that we are not turning our backs on new technologies – we are constantly researching and developing”. Later, he explained that “as for AR, it is definitely one of the many aspects we are interested in. We are currently researching what interesting ways we can utilize it. Lastly, Furukawa revealed that his favorite recent release is Pokemon Sword and Shield. Furukawa says that the reason for this is because he “likes collecting characters in the game”.

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16 comments

  1. I really hope they use ar in the future. I feel like it would really bring the old school company into a new era. Can you imagine MARIO in ar it would be awesome.

  2. 𝑵𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒐 𝑭𝒊𝒓𝒔𝒕 𝑶𝒓𝒅𝒆𝒓 𝑹𝒆𝒂𝒗𝒆𝒓 says:

    I really want to study more on AR or in general VR. But I ended up studying a different topic… Sometimes life it’s unfair.

  3. Cloud gaming, AR (and even VR) are all things I have no interest in. I’m glad I grew up in the 80’s. Now that I’m in my 40’s, if gaming all goes digital (or something else that I totally hate), at least I was able to live a good gaming life with normal, physical games that didn’t need cloud storage etc.. And I have enough physical games to probably last me the rest of my life. But alas, I do hope there’s always a market for physical gaming. I know that cloud talk doesn’t necessarily mean digital only, but it’s connected.

    1. ” I do hope there’s always a market for physical gaming.”

      I’m highly confident there will be, if for no other reason than gift giving is such a large part of the market and nobody wants to give a 12 digit code rather than an actual product in a box.

  4. Cloud Gaming I don’t have much for an attentionf or, I look at google stadia and it performed very badly, however it seems that microsoft is working on that over their xbox cloud gaming experiment, and playstation now service is decent but could be better when connection speed works better and less input lag, that’s the problem right now we having with cloud gaming as of now, massive input lag, and bad connection speeds. The only way Cloud gaming can become somewhat successful is to improve the internet speed thoughtout the united states (which is going to take a very long time considering it’s comcast and time warner cable won’t be budging at all).

    AR is an more interesting subject, it can not just affect gaming, it can affect anyone who wants to gather infomation. Imaging wearing AR glasses that when you look at the item, you can see the price of it and compare prices with other stores that has it cheaper. It’s be great for GPS coordination with on the road arrow directions to paint where you need to go. AR gaming be interesting but at the same time kinda dangerous when messing with the actual reality we live in, like the problems with pokemon go with certain people getting rob and not being aware of their own surroundings. If we can manage these problems very well, we could make some interesting fun applications overall.

      1. Well it’s mostly the mainstream ISP that needs to improve their services overall, otherwise cloud gaming would be quite shitty. Then we also have one other issue we have an issue with, that is the game ownership, now with cloud gaming, a game you purchased can easily be removed and no longer be able to play at all, dispite you paying a flat 60 dollars on it.

  5. I know Nintendo for the last few years have always been a step back when it comes to the power and performance of the latest gaming device. BUT they always seem to bring an amazing new playing style of play to the market and that has been proved over and over through the decades and now entering a new decade they will undoubtedly be hard at work discovering more ways to play, so I can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeve for the future.

    1. 𝑵𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒐 𝑭𝒊𝒓𝒔𝒕 𝑶𝒓𝒅𝒆𝒓 𝑹𝒆𝒂𝒗𝒆𝒓 says:

      Just look at Labo VR. People didn’t believe that the Switch was able to VR experience and look at that game how incredible is. Power isn’t the only thing.

      1. Now now, Labo VR is neat, but it doesn’t blow anyone’s mind. It’s impressive enough, but I wouldn’t go around saying is a super awesome VR experience.

      2. 𝑵𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒐 𝑭𝒊𝒓𝒔𝒕 𝑶𝒓𝒅𝒆𝒓 𝑹𝒆𝒂𝒗𝒆𝒓 says:

        Indeed.

  6. I own Switch, PC with RTX 3080, Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. I do buy and do play different games. Among Nintendo exclusives I really enjoyed only Super Mario Odyssey and Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Everything else was… OK. So I’d love to see more third party games on Switch like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, WD: Legion Cyberpunk 2077 and Atomic Heart. I use Switch only in portable mode. I own dock but I used it like… once, when I bought it. When I play Switch I often get eyestrain because of 30< fps. There is a huge difference between playing on Switch and XBSX / PS5 / PC and even my Samsung Galaxy. That's why I bought Atom RPG for Android and not for Switch. I'd love the successor to be able to run all games 60 fps in portable mode. Also I'm unsatisfied with the maximum brightness level, it's not enough to enjoy games outdoors during daytime. That's the second reason I do buy more games for Android, my Galaxy gives me enough brightness. Last but not least, I expect full backwards compatibility with the existing Switch games. That's all I essentially need from Switch Pro. More FPS in portable mode. Higher brightness. More third party games. Backwards compatibility. I don't care how much it will cost. I don't need any additional features. I don't want to blow into the controlled and do all this childish stuff. I just want to have something to entertain me during travels and I want my eyes to remain in healthy state even after longplays. IMHO.

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