Nintendo has a fresh, new face leading the company. Veteran Nintendo staffer Tatsumi Kimishima guided the company through the transition from Wii U to Switch after former President Satoru Iwata’s tragic death, but being promoted to the role at 65 meant he was always intended as a stop-gap President. Now it’s 46-year-old Shuntaro Furukawa at the helm, and he’s eyeing a more future-focused Nintendo.

One area where Nintendo has undoubtedly lagged behind the rest of the industry is in online play. Nintendo is the king of couch co-op and competition, but their online support has left much to be desired in the past. Now that they’re charging users a fee to access Nintendo Switch Online, it’s imperative that they provide a robust experience for their users. Furukawa realizes this, and he sees it as an area where Nintendo needs to improve going forward.

“We need continuous growth. We must keep releasing new software. That includes DLCs and other contents for big titles that are already out. And more focus on online play. Lastly, more genres and diverse games to draw in people who don’t currently play on Switch.”
— Shuntaro Furukawa

For those concerned about excessive, expensive DLC, it’s important to remember that Nintendo has also offered over a year’s worth of free DLC for games like Splatoon and ARMS. A steady stream of free goodies is a great way to keep people invested in your online community.

That said, Nintendo is a business, so we’ll certainly be seeing paid content as well. Nintendo could increase the amount of DLC they create for new games going forward or even return to games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for additional content packs.

Source: Yuji Nakamura

Ben Lamoreux

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