Nintendo's President - In the long-term, perhaps our focus as a business could shift away from home consoles

But probably not while your current console is selling tens of millions of units

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • January 10, 2019 at 4:41 p.m. PST

We're not, by any stretch of the imagination, thinking that the Switch will be the last console for video gaming titan Nintendo, but a recent Nikkei interview with President Shuntaro Furukawa reminds us that the company is not, and never has been, a one trick pony.

Thanks to a translation from Nintendo Everything, we're able to get a glimpse into the mind of Furukawa as he responds to questions about the way he leads his team, approaching business risks and how he views Nintendo's future.

You wouldn't be wrong to first think of the long list of consoles, home, hand-held and the Switch hybrid, as the defining works of Nintendo. They've been specializing in such for more than 30 years now, but the 80 years prior were devoted to other ventures such as the production of playing cards that wound up tying them closely to the Yakuza.

Indeed the developers of Link, Mario and Donkey Kong have been known to roll with the changes and continue as a business regardless the product.

When asked about innovation Furukawa responded with, "We aren’t really fixated on our consoles... 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," continued the Nintendo President.

While the possibility of Nintendo's migration to other ventures is obviously never off the table, the likelihood of it happening anytime soon is fairly minuscule.

The Switch alone was nearing 20 million units sold back in July of 2018, and the popularity of since-released titles like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has certainly bolstered that number even higher.

For now, the best takeaway is to probably keep the idea that Nintendo could, at any time, course correct. In the meantime we'll be gratefully enjoying Ultimate and any other top tier titles the company produces for us.

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