Nintendo President Suggests that It Might Abandon Home Console Development; Not “Really Fixated on Our Consoles”

Jan 7, 2019
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Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa has hinted at the possibility that his company might abandon home console development in the future.

Furukawa said as much during a recent interview with Japanese news outlet Nikkei. According to the executive, the company isn’t really fixated on its consoles and might actually move away from console development to ensure the company stays flexible to the changing demands of the entertainment business.

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“We aren’t really fixated on our consoles,” Furukawa told Nikkei as translated by Nintendo Everything. “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.”

The CEO added, “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.”

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