There are many people that want Nintendo to drop its hardware business and become a third party publisher and developer for PC and consoles. However, Nintendo is committed to developing its own hardware and Nintendo’s president Reggie Fils-Aime has explained why Nintendo needs to keep making consoles.
Speaking with a Youtube channel Games Theorists, Reggie Fils-Aime said that what Nintendo does for the game industry is very important and the company takes pride in doing it.
‘Innovating the world of video games, pushing the industry forwards… and a big part of that is by creating unique hardware that allows for more unique gaming experiences. The biggest and most obvious example of this is the Wii, which introduced a tracking system and accelerometer, and made gaming more than just the press of a button. We did this all at a price point that most families could afford.
He added that by taking risks Nintendo has introduced a new way of playing games and made people gamers who did not even touched a console.
He added that most of the standards known in the gaming industry were introduced by the company like “D-Pad, Start, Select, Saving, portable gaming, shoulder buttons, rumble, thumbsticks, wireless controllers, touch screen gaming, motion controls, 3D gaming, augmented reality, and asymmetrical gaming”.
According to Reggie, innovation is intrinsic to Nintendo in the sense that how it approaches its hardware. He added that making a more powerful version of an existing console is not enough.
Without taking risks, the gaming industry would stagnate, and innovations would stay at “what’s the best graphics card we can put into this?” Instead of, “how can we create a unique gaming experience?” Our goal is to change how the world thinks of console gaming, and we’ll be doing it again with Nintendo Switch.
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