The Future Of Nintendo May Not Be On Home Consoles
With the year barely started, the current president of Nintendo, Shuntaro Furukawa, has speculated on what the future of the company may hold and he is clearly very flexible on what he thinks that might be.
Talking with Nikkei, Furukawa was asked how Nintendo would innovate in future, in light of all their major past successes, his answer was an interesting and thoughtful one.
We aren’t really fixated on our consoles. At the moment we’re offering the uniquely developed Nintendo Switch and its software – and that’s what we’re basing how we deliver the “Nintendo experience” on. That being said, technology changes. We’ll continue to think flexibly about how to deliver that experience as time goes on.
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.
The point about Nintendo’s history not always being part of video games is a very important one. Nintendo was founded in 1889 and celebrates its 130th anniversary this year.
Only 30 years of the company’s history has been to do with video games, so being flexible has obviously been important over the company’s long history.
Naturally, Furukawa is not saying that Nintendo will drop consoles any time soon after all the Switch continues to sell incredibly well across the world. Instead, he is merely speculating that as technology changes, so will what Nintendo produces.
After all, Nintendo makes mobile games now and that’s simply the company adapting to how gaming is evolving. However, it’s worth realizing that Nintendo has been careful in its various endeavors over the years.
While many have been keen to jump on the virtual reality hype train, Nintendo has abstained thus far on that. What’s more, moving into mobile gaming was not undertaken in a haphazard manner either.
Whatever technology the future may bring, Nintendo needs to adapt to that. While Furukawa’s comments may sound a bit scary, he’s simply being realistic and speculating on what challenges the company may face in the future. The Future Of Nintendo May Not Be On Home Consoles