Nintendo Can Shift Away from Home Console Development in Future, Says Furukawa

Shuntaro Furukawa became the new Nintendo global president last year by replacing Tatsumi Kimishima. Tatsumi Kimishima is the reason why Nintendo Switch has been so successful.

Shuntaro Furukawa came to follows his step and mentioned that he will respect the originality and flexibility of Nintendo. Furukawa recently gave a detailed interview in which he mentioned how Nintendo can shift away from home console development in the future.

Nikkei got the chance to interview Shuntaro Furukawa and it all has been translated by Nintendo Everything. First Nikkei asked Furukawa about the risk factors of making consoles and software.

We’re in the entertainment industry; there isn’t much we can do about that risk. To us, the guiding principle by which we operate is offering customers all around the world innovative and unique ways to play games.

I don’t want our developers to think too much along the lines of “what should I do if we fail?” My most important role is to facilitate an environment in which they can demonstrate their own abilities. I’m not a pro developer myself, so I leave the actual development to leaders that can tell what a good game is and what isn’t.

He was then asked about the innovations to which he replied by saying that Nintendo is not “fixated” on consoles. He said that the team will continue to think about the flexibility to deliver “Nintendo experience”.

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.

As for future plans, the president mentioned that Nintendo can shift away from the home console development department. He also said that he wants to make mobile games to increase the flow of revenue.

In the long-term, perhaps our focus as a business could shift away from home consoles – flexibility is just as important as ingenuity.

I’d like to increase the (amount of) games on smartphones that have a continuous stream of revenue.

Now, that is a very interesting mention. I personally don’t think that Nintendo should leave the home console department after the success of Nintendo Switch. On the other side, they could work on mobile games to get a piece of that market as well.

In other news, first Nintendo Direct of 2019 is rumored to take place on January 1st. If this happens, we could get to see some new upcoming games on Nintendo Switch along with a new design of the console which has been rumored for some time. If the rumors are true, Nintendo Direct will be held on Thursday, January 10.

Switch games like Yoshi’s Crafted World, Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Pokemon 2019 are also expected to be discussed there. Pokemon 2019 is the biggest title in works for Nintendo Switch so something new about it will definitely please the fans around the world.

Nintendo Switch has beeling selling like hotcakes since launch. According to the reports, Nintendo Switch sales have passed that of PS4 in Japan.