Nintendo could be looking to step away from the home console market, according to Nintendo’s president, Shuntaro Furukawa.
During a recent interview with Nikkei, and translated by Nintendoeverything, Furukawa talked about the future of the company and discussed how changes in the entertainment industry may force Nintendo to leave the home console market to instead focus on smartphones.
“In the long-term, perhaps our focus as a business could shift away from home consoles.” Furukawa told Nikkei. “Flexibility is just as important as ingenuity…I’d like to increase the (amount of) games on smartphones that have a continuous stream of revenue.”
Furukawa’s comments come at a time where Nintendo is hoping to shift 20 million Nintendo Switch units by March 2019. The Switch has been a success for Nintendo and has steadily grown in popularity over the past few years.
Of course, the industry is still moving forward and we’ve seen other companies embrace a digital-only future. Microsoft has said in the past that it’d look into shipping games onto rival systems through the Xbox Game Pass service.
The U.K. gaming industry has also been embracing digital games, with over 80 percent of total sales being digital, according to a recent report. Perhaps in the future, the need for a home console will become obsolete as technology changes—but Furukawa’s comments will definitely still upset and worry some hardcore Nintendo fans.
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