Nintendo Asked About Next Game System

Nintendo were asked about follow-up to the Nintendo Switch system at The 80th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders last week…

While typically non-committal in the specifics, Nintendo say they have been given a “renewed sense” of value attributed towards a dedicated video gaming system from the Nintendo Switch, and will utilise the experiences consumers have had with the system when considering the form of future consoles.

These experiences are described by Ko Shiota as the gameplay opportunities offered by the Nintendo Switch in offering multiple ways to play, seemingly inferring that this may be the form that the next system will also take. I’ve posted the full question and answer(s) below so you can deduce for yourself…

Could you tell us about the outlook for your next game system? Game hardware has always displayed an image on a TV or other kind of screen while you do something, and I think that’s where the limits for this format are. Would the hardware you’re thinking about go beyond those limits?

Shuntaro Furukawa (Representative Director and President):
Our current generation game system, Nintendo Switch, has entered its fourth year since launch, but its momentum is increasing. We believe there are two factors behind this. First is the existence of two hardware configurations with different characteristics, in Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite. The second factor is that Nintendo’s development resources are concentrated on developing content for a single platform, Nintendo Switch. We want to extend the life cycle of Nintendo Switch while maximising such advantages.

Ko Shiota (Director, Senior Executive Officer):
In addition to the performance aspects (higher technical specifications), Nintendo’s dedicated video game platforms are developed with a focus on providing a comfortable environment for consumers to play fun software. From the perspective of playing with the image displayed on a TV, we believe that because consumers can play Nintendo Switch on a TV or the game console screen itself, it has greatly increased the opportunities for gameplay in various scenes in their lives, compared to previous consoles. Through Nintendo Switch, we’ve made many discoveries about where a dedicated video game platform can fit into a consumer’s daily life. We see scenes on social media of children and their families sitting around a game console to play, which gives us a renewed sense of the value of our dedicated video game platform. We will utilise these experiences in carefully considering the form our future game consoles will take.

The above question and answer is taken from the Q&A Summary found on the Nintendo website in English (here) and in Japanese (here).