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Nintendo Could One Day Move Away From Home Console, Says President

Ever since Nintendo was dethroned as the master of the home console way back when during the N64 era, some have regularly begun touting the horn of the inevitability of Nintendo going strictly software. Back when Sega went down that route, talks of that sort amplified, with people predicting Nintendo would eventually follow their lead. Hell, I remember when I worked at a GameStop and customers had already long since written off the Big N.

And yet, here we are, over a decade later, and the company has almost never been stronger. The Nintendo Switch is KILLING it, they have theme park deals in the works, they finally have a presence on mobile devices, and we’re even getting a Super Mario Bros. movie in the near future. Seems like going the way of Sega is as far away as it’s ever been, right?

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Probably, but that’s not to say a future where Nintendo doesn’t develop hardware is completely out of the question, as Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa said in a recent interview with Nikkei, which was then translated by Nintendo Everything. Here’s what he had to say regarding the future of the company:

“We aren’t really fixated on our consoles. 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. 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.”

It’s worth stating that this isn’t Nintendo saying there are any plans to leave the hardware space. All this is saying is that Nintendo is bigger than the home console market. It existed before video games, and it’ll likely exist in whatever form video games take in the far future.

In the years following this current generation of consoles, there had been talk of video games eventually skewing away from consoles. Should that ever happen, Nintendo is primed to adapt thanks to their IPs, their diversification of content, and their long, storied history as an overall entertainment company.

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SOURCE: Variety

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