Virtual reality (VR) and 4K are what many gamers and gaming companies are talking about today. However, Nintendo isn’t one of them as the Japanese giant isn’t interested in those technologies at this time.
Nintendo has made it clear it’s not interested in following the same path as Sony and Microsoft with the release of the Switch. It’s the most unique video game console on the market today, which is why it’s selling so well.
The Nintendo Switch doesn’t focus on power, but instead, it places a lot of emphasis on innovation and great exclusive games that can’t be played anywhere else. Furthermore, it’s the only system at the moment that can be played anywhere.
Want to play the Switch on your TV? No problem. If you want to take it with you on the train or on the plane, then it’s even better.
Nintendo wants to be different
Managing Director of Nintendo France Philippe Lavoue was recently interviewed by a French magazine where he elaborated on why his company won’t adopt VR and 4K anytime soon. The interview which was translated by NintendoLife, says Lavoue doesn’t believe VR is mainstream enough to warrant an investment.
He says customers would rather have an “all-inclusive package” instead of having to pay more money for additional accessories to play games. Furthermore, he says 4K is still in its infancy due to not yet having enough owners of 4K TVs.
Lavoue went on to ask how much novelty his company can bring to 4K when compared to Sony and Microsoft. He says the Mario factory is smaller than its competitors, therefore, it’s not able to compete with them in the same way.
“As far as 4K is concerned, is it useful to invest in a technology that has not been adopted by the majority? Where are 4K TVs now? Is it a good idea to invest in a technology before consumers do? We can’t invest in everything. And what novelty would we bring compared to our competitors?”
Going forward, then, Nintendo must do things differently if it wants to survive for the long term. It’s clear why the Switch was created because the company tried to compete at the power level with the Game Cube and the Nintendo Wii U, and both of those devices failed at retail.
Several games set for 2018
The Nintendo Switch might not be the most powerful or technically impressive system on the market, but the games are pouring out and the console is selling well. Not long ago, the Nintendo Direct video podcast announced the coming of quite a few games in 2018.
Many are just ports from others consoles and the Wii U, but that shouldn’t matter since games are games no matter their age.
Additionally, the recent Nintendo Direct was just a mini, a tease if you will. More games are bound to come and this console will continue to do well.