Nintendo might be moving away from building home consoles, but that doesn't mean they are done with first and third party AAA games.
As reported by Hyepbeast, Nintendo’s newest president Shuntaro Furukawa recently said the company might transition away from making home game consoles in the future. This has resulted in people worrying that Nintendo might ditch AAA games to solely focus on mobile titles and movies. But, instead of being scared about mobile cashgrabs taking over the industry, the community should relax knowing Nintendo is nowhere near selling out.
In an interview with Nikkei, Furukawa suggested Nintendo's move away from home consoles may be caused by the demands of the entertainment business:
“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. […] In the long-term, perhaps our focus as a business could shift away from home consoles - flexibility is just as important as ingenuity."
Furukawa further mentioned he’d “like to increase” the company’s smartphone game development, and that Nintendo are “also dabbling in theme parks and movies – different ways to have our characters be a part of everyday life.”
It’s depressing to hear Nintendo might transition from building home consoles to further develop mobile games. After 20th Century Fox disappointed the entire world by revealing Alien: Blackout is an iOS title, the last thing gamers want is more mobile games to play on the toilet. However, fans shouldn’t be duped into believing Nintendo are going to abandon first and third party AAA games. Although poorly said, Furukawa surely means the company will further continue building hybrid consoles rather than ones that collect dust at home like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The Nintendo Switch is the fastest-selling video game system in the US this generation. Its biggest issue is its game cartridges being maxed out at 32 GB, preventing some of the biggest and best AAA games joining Nintendo’s roster. However, with the company supposedly planning to release 64 GB cartridges this year, The Witcher 3 could potentially join Mario, Luigi, and Zelda. Other games rumoured to come to the Nintendo Switch are Persona 5, Dragon Quest XI, and potentially Catherine: Full Body.