Nintendo asked about the next Nintendo console at the shareholders’ meeting
At its 80th annual general meeting of shareholders, Nintendo’s senior management was asked to comment on plans for the next Nintendo console and future hardware. The question was answered by Company President Shuntaro Furukawa and Senior Executive Director Ko Shiota. You can read the full exchange below:
Can you tell us about the prospects for your next gaming system? Gaming hardware has always displayed an image on a TV or some other type of screen while you’re doing something, and I think that’s where the limits of this format lie. Would the material you are thinking of exceed these limits?
Shuntaro Furukawa (Chair): Our current generation system, Nintendo Switch, has entered its fourth year since launch, but its momentum is gathering pace. We believe there are two factors behind this. The 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 focused on developing a single platform, Nintendo Switch. We want to extend the life cycle of the Nintendo Switch while maximizing these benefits.
Ko Shiota (Director, Senior Manager): In addition to the performance aspect (higher technical specifications), Nintendo’s dedicated video game platforms are developed with an emphasis 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 on the screen of the game console itself, it has significantly increased the opportunities of gaming in various scenes of their lives, compared to previous consoles. Thanks to Nintendo Switch, we have made a lot of discoveries about the place that a dedicated video game platform can insert in a consumer’s daily life. We see on social media scenes of children and their families sitting around a game console playing, giving us a renewed sense of the value of our dedicated video game platform. We will use these experiences to carefully consider what shape our future game consoles will take.
It almost sounds like the person asking the question could have subtly asked if Nintendo was planning to study a technology like virtual reality, which is displayed in ways other than a TV screen. Furukawa and Shiota don’t answer this part of the question directly, and their answers indicate that Nintendo is currently more interested in exploring further how the convenience of a device like the Nintendo Switch affects users and their gaming habits.
In case you missed it, Furukawa and GM Shinya Takahashi also spoke about Nintendo-related topics like Joy-Con drift and Nintendo Directs at the June 2020 investor meeting.