Nintendo: Not Even Thinking About Making PC Games
Nintendo has just released the english translation of their latest Annual General Meeting, and one of the questions raised regarded PC games and gaming. An inquisitive mind asked the following: “The current video game market is divided into three segments: smart devices, home console and PC. Most recently, the PC gaming market has shown incredible growth and professional PC gamers are starting to appear in the United States. Are you planning any hardware or software initiatives in the PC market?”
Despite the valid question, as PC gaming really has taken over the market in recent years in my opinion, Nintendo is sticking to their guns. Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima responded to the question by saying that while Nintendo is aware of PC gamings popularity, the company won’t be stretching itself into that market place – now or maybe ever.
“We are aware that many consumers play PC games. However, we believe that the integrated hardware-software business is the best way for us to provide the surprises and new gameplay experiences that we want to achieve,” he said.
However one can only wonder how long Nintendo can stick to that decision. Especially when one considers that they have finally started producing mobile games – a section of gaming that they previously refused to enter as well. Their hit game, Super Mario Run, reached at least 150 million downloads globally. That said, where the money is companies must go eventually if they are worried about the future of their business.
As it stands, Nintendo will always be one of my favorite companies. However I don’t necessarily feel like they make the best decisions both in commerce and gaming development. I can only hope that the lack of branching out doesn’t hurt them overall, as they have managed to keep themselves alive so far.
Read the full annual general meeting here.
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