Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa interviewed with Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei about his approach to leading Nintendo. The most surprising insight according to a translation provided by Nintendo Everything is that Nintendo could someday stop producing home consoles:
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.
Furukawa is completely correct, and the reality is that home consoles likely will disappear someday — but it’s still surprising to hear the Nintendo president say that out loud. Nintendo has been known to be extremely stubborn in some very specific ways in the past, such as when it insisted its IP would never appear on mobile devices. It’s admirable and refreshing that Furukawa can be so straightforward about the importance of changing with the times.
The other insights in the interview are honestly pretty par for the course — talking about market instability and the importance of listening to their development staff. It’s marginally interesting, but nothing to knock your socks off.
So what do you think about all this? Does it scare you that the Nintendo president is talking about a future that may not have home consoles? Or do you think he’s just being a realist? Let us know down below!
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