Virtual reality is seen as the next major evolution of video games by many, and the market will soon be flooded with a variety of competing virtual reality devices. One company that has been less enthusiastic about the tech is Nintendo. While Nintendo is keeping an eye on how virtual reality evolves, executives like Shigeru Miyamoto and Reggie Fils-Aime have expressed serious doubts.
For years, Nintendo strictly rejected the possibility of releasing mobile games, but they’ve had a change of heart on that front. Nintendo launched its first mobile app, Miitomo, earlier this year, and soon they’ll be bringing Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem, and even Mario to smart devices. If Nintendo changed their mind about bringing Mario to phones, could they also shift their stance on virtual reality?
“I would agree that adapting Mario to new platforms is a key to keeping him relevant. But we want families to play together, and virtual reality (which requires players to be closed off from the real world) doesn’t really fit well there. We also like people playing for a long time, and it’s hard to do that in VR.”
— Shigeru Miyamoto
Speaking with USA Today, Miyamoto once again expressed more than a little hesitancy towards virtual reality. His assertion that virtual reality “doesn’t really fit” with Nintendo’s vision for gaming echoes his previous sentiments that the tech goes against the company’s living room philosophy. It looks like Nintendo is still very far from sold on virtual reality.
Source: USA Today