In April, a report from Japanese business journal Nikkei suggested Nintendo's 'Quality of Life' department had been axed.
Now, at Nintendo's 79th Shareholders meeting, the company has provided an update on the current state of its 'QoL' initiative, briefly explaining how "development is continuing" and clarifying it is not linked to the recently announced mobile app, Pokémon Sleep. Here is a translation (thanks, Cheesemeister):
A while ago, we announced that we were trying a new business developing a product that would increase quality of life. Development is continuing. We cannot yet proudly announce it as a Nintendo product. Pokemon Sleep is the Pokemon Company's and not related to Nintendo's QOL.
Roughly a month after the above-mentioned Nikkei report surfaced, The Pokémon Company revealed Pokémon Sleep was in development at its 2019 press conference. Adding to this was the announcement of a new device – Pokémon GO Plus + as well as the confirmation Nintendo of America and Niantic were helping out.
While there was speculation at the time of this reveal that the sleep app was linked to Nintendo's 'QoL' initiative, at least now it's been cleared up this is not the case.
Are you curious to find out what QoL tech Nintendo is working on? Will you be trying out Pokémon Sleep? Tell us below.
Good to know. Pokémon Sleep is just so stupid that I have to try it out
I recall reading recently that these sleep trackers and stuff can actually worsen your sleep because they have build in stuff that just makes you worried you've not amassed enough "points" or done things well enough and whatever else. So I say just go to sleep like a normal human being at a regular time and so on, and get the tech and algorithms and the kind of addiction-based "gamifying" of it out of the equation. I'd probably apply that to the whole "Quality of Life" stuff too.
Given the impending launch of standalone Apple Watch apps I’d love to see Nintendo get in on the health and fitness side but Nintendoize it to add a sense of fun.
It needn’t be an existing character. They could even launch Wii Fit on iOS!
Wasn’t there a story not long ago that the QoL product development was abandoned?
@gaga64 yeah, I remember reading so.
@impurekind What article are you referring to exactly?
I can't believe they are spending money in this. There are other, more specialized companies that are researching quality of life. Pay for more people that can work on Metroid.
Of course they are not linked!
Nintendo's project is focused on QoL, while Pokémon Sleep will be an app that let you dream that all the Pokémon have been added to Sword and Shield :3c
@sanderev @gaga64 thought I remembered the same thing so did a quick search:
It was rumored to have been cancelled, but I guess this means the rumor was false.
@RadioHedgeFund I'd love that too, I just got an Apple Watch recently. After less than two weeks of playing Pokemon GO on it, it automatically uninstalled
Didn't the project start when the wii was still alive? Wow. I can appreciate the effort...but nobody will care once its out.
Retro Studios is hiring.
@ALinkttPresent the Pokemon Go integration was always pretty lazy. Since they added Adventure Sync the app has fallen by the wayside.
What they should have done is copied the functionality of the PG+.
Everyone: Pokemon go plus PLUS?
Pokemon: It was BIG BRAIN TIME
@KingKRoolMain Be glad it's not like Kingdom Hearts You know, Pokemon Go + + 2.531 5.7267 Remix Onyx Negative.
The QoL platform must be manned by an intern that works 2 hts a week.
@Kalmaro Can't remember where I saw it (but I did). You'll need to look it up if you want to read it directly yourself.
Edit: I don't think this is the exact article I read but here's an example of what I'm talking about via a quick Google search:
@impurekind That was an interesting read. The study they referenced talked about how the devices themselves aren't bad. It's when people trust them more than doctors.
Theres also the issue that the devices aren't 100% accurate and that everyone has their own unique sleep needs which the devices don't pick up on. All pretty valid points imo. Thanks for the heads up.
How long since they mentioned this? It’s vaporware at this point.
Well it definetely has a huge linknto qol
Iwata's pull my finger?
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