Industry analysts are suggesting that Nintendo's much-hyped Quality of Life project has been quietly mothballed following the untimely death of company president Satoru Iwata.
Originally announced at the start of 2014, QOL hasn't been all that visible in Nintendo's current plans, and the death of Iwata - arguably the biggest advocate of the project - could have resigned the venture to the scrapheap.
Here's what Lewis Ward, research director for gaming at IDC, has to say:
I think it's been pushed to the back burner. It's supposed to be released in the U.S. by the end of March , but I haven't heard anything. … [However,] I do think Nintendo has always had an interest in 'Blue Ocean' markets and health care and the intersection with their hardware and their software is something they've viewed as an opportunity.
Wedbush Securities' Michael Pachter is even more damning, and feels that QOL should be ignored in favour of mobile:
I think it's probably dead—just like the Wii Vitality Sensor was before and they didn't tell anybody. They have been completely invisible as a company since [Iwata] got sick. The whole point of helping with lifestyle was getting people to buy more Nintendo devices—and I think they're hurting so badly in devices that they're trying to [stop] the hemorrhaging there. …I would say they're probably focused on just getting their mobile initiative working. That's far more important than [QOL].
Do you think QOL is still a thing, or could it go the way of the ill-fated Vitality Sensor?