Nintendo has described their upcoming Quality of Life (what Nintendo calls “QOL”) devices as a pillar for the business, but there are some analysts in the industry who believe this has changed. One thought floating around is that they’ve delayed their plans in favor of their new push into the mobile gaming market, and another says they’ve abandoned the idea completely.

This is one of the subjects we discuss on
this week’s episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. You can check out the discussion video above to hear our full thoughts on the future of QOL, or you could keep reading below for a brief, brief summary.

It’s hard to imagine that Nintendo would have cancelled these plans completely, seeing as
we’ve already seen patents surfacing and their latest report includes a message from Iwata about their QOL plans. What is possible, however, is that their more lucrative (or at least more reliably profitable) mobile plans have taken priority over QOL while they focus energy on their main business: their hardware. With Wii U and 3DS sales slowing and NX on its way, it’s quite possible they’re focusing on rebuilding their strong gaming business before leaping forth into a completely new tech space.

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Our Verdict


Colin McIsaac
I first played Donkey Kong Country before even turning three years old, and have since grown into an avid gamer and passionate Nintendo fan. I started working at Zelda Informer in August 2012, and helped found Gamnesia, which launched on February 1, 2013. Outside of the journalism game, I'm an invested musician who loves arranging music from video games and other media. If you care to follow my endeavors, you can check out my channel here: I was rummaging through some things a while back and found my first grade report card. My teacher said, "Oddly enough, Colin doesn't like to write unless it's about computers or computer-type games. In his journal he likes to write about what level he is on in 'Mario Land,' but he doesn't often write about much else." I was pretty amused, given where I am today. Also I have a dog, and he's a pretty cool guy. I don't care for elephants much. I suppose they're okay. You've read plenty now; carry on.


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