Tag: Shuntaro Furukawa
News Nintendo Considering "Various Initiatives" And "Further Enhancements" For The Switch Online Service
What would you like to see next?
Earlier this week, Nintendo's latest financial report revealed Switch Online subscriptions had now "exceeded" 36 million paid memberships - with an increase of around four million subs compared to the previous year. Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa was also asked about the future of the service - explaining how...
News Nintendo President Says Switch Production Is "Uncertain" Next Year
"We only have a clear production outlook for this year"
In an interview with Nikkei, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa says that, while semiconductor supply issues are looking to improve for the remainder of this fiscal year, next year looks more "uncertain". This follows the publication of Nintendo's financial report for Q1 2022-2023. In last...
News Shuntaro Furukawa Reveals What Nintendo Is Doing To Combat Info Leaks & Security Threats
"We are taking a variety of initiatives"
Nintendo has arguably been one of the biggest victims of video game industry leaks - with inncidents like the 'Gigaleak' revealing years of company secrets across multiple generations - including concepts, prototypes and even
Random "Die-Hard Nintendo Fan" Reportedly Forked Out Over $40K To Ask For A New F-Zero
Nintendo says it's "always" open to new titles & remakes
Update [Fri 1st Jul, 2022 05:45]: Yesterday, VGC had a story about a Nintendo shareholder who asked the company if they had any plans to revive past IPs such as the futuristic racing series F-Zero, the RPG Baten Kaitos, and various other titles like Wario Land. It turns out this question...
News Mario Kart Convinced Nintendo's President To Join The Company In The '90s
"I didn’t really play many Nintendo games"
Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa has revealed that Super Mario Kart played a huge role in getting him to join the company earlier in his life. Speaking to Nikkei, Furukawa spoke about his history with Nintendo and how he came to work for the Kyoto firm. He admits that, although he had a Super Famicom...
News Nintendo Says It Won't Compete With Microsoft And Sony In An Acquisitions Arms Race
"Our brand was built upon products crafted with dedication by our employees"
Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa has stated that the company won't be looking to buy up external publishers and studios in the same way that Microsoft and Sony have. Microsoft caused shockwaves in the industry earlier this year by acquiring the publisher Activision for...
News The Switch Is Here To Stay, Says Nintendo Boss Shuntaro Furukawa
Foundation "exceeds" a "conventional hardware lifecycle"
How long is a console lifecycle? It really depends on the system, but conventional wisdom seems to suggest that it's around five years – although there are exceptions, of course, such as the original Game Boy. Going by that accepted wisdom, the Switch should be entering the twilight years...
News Nintendo's Ready For Acquisitions, When The Time Is Right
It's got $9.2 billion ready to go
Mergers and acquisitions have been the talk of the town since Microsoft completed a $7.5 billion deal with Bethesda last year, so what's Nintendo's approach to acquisitions moving forward? In a press conference following the company's full-year earnings results earlier this week, president Shuntaro Furukawa touched...
News Nintendo's Future Is Focused On New IP And "Staple Series"
"We are constantly looking out for new ideas"
Would you like to see Nintendo revive some of its older and perhaps lesser-known IPs for the Switch generation? Well, if Shuntaro Furukawa's latest comments are anything to go by, it's probably best not to get your hopes up too much. During an interview with Nikkei earlier this week, the Nintendo...
News Nintendo Aims To Develop Its Characters Without "Destroying" The Memories Of Fans
"There’s always a risk of destroying the Nintendo brand"
Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa's recent Nikkei interview has given us much to consider. Reconfirming that cloud gaming isn't a "top priority" for Nintendo presently, he also took this opportunity to dive into discussions about Nintendo's development philosophy. As translated by
News Cloud Gaming Not A "Top Priority", But Nintendo Is "Always Researching Technologies"
"Our strategy is to grow the population of people who play video games"
Shuntaro Furukawa is a busy man lately. As we head towards the new financial year next month, Nintendo's President has been occupied with Nintendo's latest financial reports, outlining their long-term plans for Switch. On top of this, he's recently sat down with
News "Wide Variety" Of Third-Party Titles Planned For Switch Going Forward, Says Nintendo President
Good news, everyone!
The arrival of the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 this week means a lot of third-party publishers are now also making the leap to the next generation. What does this mean for the Nintendo Switch, though? According to company president, Shuntaro Furukawa, there's no need to worry. During Nintendo's six month financial briefing...
News Nintendo's Mobile Business Is Here To Stay
It remains a "significant" part of the company
Last month, a report from Bloomberg said Nintendo was looking to cut back its mobile games business. While this could be interpreted as the beginning of the end for the entire division, it seems unlikely. As company president Shuntaro Furukawa previously mentioned in May, Nintendo is still "continuing...
News Nintendo Is Developing New Mobile Games, But Isn't Ready To Announce Anything Just Yet
And remains focused on the six existing apps
Whether you're a fan of it or not, mobile video game development is big business. Nintendo has obviously been developing games on smartphone devices for some time now, and as revealed in its latest fiscal year earnings report last week, its mobile income for this period reached 51.2 billion yen (an 11.5%...
News Nintendo President Says More Switch Games Are Scheduled For Current Period
They just haven't been revealed yet
For some time now, there have been concerns about what Nintendo has planned for the Switch in the immediate future. After Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition arrives at the end of this month, there's Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics in June, followed by some DLC for Pokémon Sword and Shield and
News Switch Will Have A Longer Life Cycle Than Previous Consoles, Says Nintendo President
"Future console development" also under discussion
Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa has stated that although the company is considering what steps to take with future console development, the Switch will be the company's focus for quite some time yet. Speaking to investors in a Japanese Q&A – which has been translated by our friends over...
News Ring Fit Adventure's Healthy Sales Continue, As Nintendo President Apologises For Shortages
"Many consumers are still waiting"
Ring Fit Adventure doesn't look like it'll be slowing down anytime soon – with Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa revealing sales have continued to grow since its release on the Switch last October. The game has been particularly popular in East Asia and has rapidly sold out on a number of occasions. At...
News Nintendo's President Explains "Embarrassing" Lack Of Financial Support For Smash Bros. eSports
"It’s not that we’re opposed to it"
Gaming isn't just about having a bit of fun for some players – those who have chosen eSports as their profession also make their livelihoods out of interactive entertainment. The only way they can do that is by attending tournaments and events which offer a pool of prize money to participants, and that's why...
News Shuntaro Furukawa Wants You To Know Nintendo Is "Constantly" Embracing New Technologies
"we are not turning our backs"
In the same interview with the Japanese publication Nikkei, when Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa spoke about cloud gaming and how he still thinks there is plenty of time for dedicated video game hardware to thrive, he also discussed how the company is "constantly" embracing new technologies. He took this chance...
News Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa Thinks Cloud Gaming Is "A Long Way Off"
Dedicated hardware isn't going away
Last month, Nintendo of America's former president Reggie Fils-Aimé predicted cloud gaming would take off over the next decade as technology steadily evolves and download speeds increase. Obviously, right now, the video game industry is still in the earlier experimental phases with projects like Microsoft xCloud...
News Nintendo Wants To Focus On New "Experiences" For Switch, But Is Open To More Remakes
Even re-releases must create something new
In the follow-up Q&A to Nintendo's six months earnings report, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa has been asked if the company would consider developing more remakes based on classic handheld IPs, now that the 3DS has seemingly been ditched and the Switch Lite is available. This was his reply,...
News Nintendo's Switch Software Sell-Through Increased By 53% In The First Half Of This Fiscal Year
Evergreen titles account "for over 60%" of this
Switch first-party software sell-through continues to increase – with Nintendo's latest financial results briefing revealing how the first half of this fiscal year has seen an increase of 53% over the previous year. Nintendo's shifted 22.01 million units compared to last year's amount of 14.35...
News Switch Lite Is "Generating Its Own Demand, Without Negatively Impacting" The Original System
Yesterday, Nintendo's six months earning release gave us our first look at sales for the Switch Lite. As of the 30th of September 2019, the system has sold 1.95 million units. Overall, combined Switch sales now total 41.67 million units worldwide. Nintendo's president Shuntaro Furukawa has further explained how exactly the Switch...
Talking Point Shuntaro Furukawa Understands, As Iwata Did, The Value Of Experimentation To Nintendo
He's following in grand traditions
Taking over the reigns and responsibility of a treasured company like Nintendo must be daunting at the best of times, but when you're stepping into the shoes of a fan-favourite executive who's built up a cult of personality that inspired multiple memes, it must be particularly nerve-wracking. Just ask Doug Bowser,...
News We're Not Trying To Be The Next Disney, Says Nintendo President
"We’ve never tried to imitate any other company"
Nintendo's main business may be making games, but like any company with a vast library of IP and characters, it is no stranger to leveraging its assets to make additional cash. Nintendo merchandise is everywhere right now, and the company is currently constructing its very own theme park in Japan...
News Nintendo's App Monetisation Depends On The IP And Player Being Targeted
Different for each game
Apart from encouraging development teams the freedom to experiment with new ideas, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa also intends to branch out and provide fresh offerings in different areas. For example, since he's been at the helm, the Japanese company has truly embraced mobile games. In the same interview with TIME...
News Nintendo's Dev Teams Need Freedom To Experiment, According To President Shuntaro Furukawa
"new ideas" are what it's all about
Since Shuntaro Furukawa took over as Nintendo's president in 2018, we've heard how he wants to respect the company's traditions and would like more people playing Nintendo games than ever before. Now, in a rare western interview recently, he's revealed how "above all else", he wants Nintendo's teams to be able to...
News Nintendo Not Actively Pursuing Large-Scale Collaborations, But Open To Partnerships
To increase the value of its IP
At Nintendo's 79th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders recently, president Shuntaro Furukawa was asked what Nintendo thought about new competitors entering the video game market and how exactly it went about collaborating with other companies on projects. This was his reply: We consider it to be a very good...
News Nintendo Explains How It Would Combat A Hostile Takeover
“We do have systems in place”
During Nintendo’s recent Shareholder Q&A, company president Shuntaro Furukawa was asked what the video game giant would do in the event of a "hostile takeover" if another company wanted its intellectual property. Furukawa responded by explaining how Nintendo had not adopted any "anti-takeover" measures, but...
News Nintendo Wants The Switch Business To Continue For As Long As Possible
"We hope to maintain sales over a long lifecycle"
During Nintendo's recent Shareholder Q&A, president Shuntaro Furukawa explained how the Japanese company wanted to maintain Switch sales momentum over a prolonged period of time, when queried about the system potentially dropping off when it reached its peak, much like the Wii did. We want the...
News Nintendo Focusing On Switch Install Base To Combat Next-Gen Performance Gap
Strength in numbers
It's well documented the Nintendo Switch is underpowered when compared to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. However, it's currently an accepted differential due to the fact those systems are tethered to televisions and Switch's unique selling point of becoming portability shines through. We've reported on a large number of ports...
News Nintendo Has No Plans To Censor Video Games Like Sony
The official systems are already in place
Although Sony is clamping down on saucy content in PlayStation games, Nintendo appears to be quite happy to leave any censorship decisions to rating systems. The Japanese company recently reaffirmed this during its 79th Shareholders meeting, when president Shuntaro Furukawa was reminded about "other...
News Nintendo Thinking About Extending Switch Online Retro Library Beyond NES Software
Are more legacy platforms on the way?
At Nintendo's 79th annual general meeting of shareholders yesterday, company president Shuntaro Furukawa was asked about the possibility of retro software from platforms such as the Nintendo 64 and GameCube era appearing on the Switch in future. In response, Furukawa said he had no "new information" to share,...
News 3DS Sales Might Be Lower, But The Demand Is Still Stable
More handheld series also expected on Switch
Although there was no mention of future games support for the 3DS at Nintendo's financial briefing last month, a recently translated Q&A has revealed the system is still performing, sales-wise. Despite a scaled-back sales plan for the 3DS this fiscal year, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa...
News Nintendo Hints At Further Switch Online Exclusives Following Tetris 99
"We need to continue offering elements like this"
In a newly translated Q&A with investors from the end of March, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa has highlighted the success of Tetris 99 as a factor for increased Nintendo Switch Online subscriptions and hinted at further exclusives to help drive interest in the service. Responding to...
News Nintendo 'Must Keep Up' With Cloud Tech, But Sees Further Potential In Dedicated Hardware
"Delivering unique entertainment... will continue to be our top priority"
As rumours and whispers of new consoles from all the big companies abound (as they always do at this point in a console generation), and with Google preparing its entrance into the gaming space with its cloud-based Stadia tech, questions are starting to be asked of Nintendo's...
News Mobile Business Is Booming For Nintendo Right Now
Overall revenue has expanded
President Shuntaro Furukawa briefly spoke about Nintendo's mobile business during the recent financial results briefing. He mentioned how overall revenue had expanded, reconfirmed Dr. Mario World and Mario Kart Tour would both be released this summer and spoke about how the Japanese company's mobile apps would continue...
News Nintendo's President Wants The Switch Game Library To "Continue To Meet Consumers' Diverse Tastes"
Something for everyone
At Nintendo's latest financial results briefing, President Shuntaro Furukawa took the time to discuss both the first and third-party software offerings for the Switch and how the system's library of games should continue to appeal to as many different people as possible. Starting with the first-party selection, Furukawa...
News Nintendo's Digital Sales Are Nearly Double The Amount Of The Previous Fiscal Year
Up and up
It might not seem like it, but Nintendo has been selling games digitally for many years now. Over time, these particular sales have become an increasingly important part of the company's earnings. During the latest financial results briefing, President of Nintendo Shuntaro Furukawa revealed how the latest digital sales figures are nearly...
News Nintendo Discusses Plans For E3 2019, Will Release A Video Presentation
"We plan to continue our practice of the past few years"
Following on from his comments that there would be no new hardware at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, Nintendo's President Shuntaro Furukawa has now revealed the company's plans. Once again, Nintendo will not be hosting a large-scale conference for institutional investors,...
News Nintendo Is Already Taking The Necessary Steps To Combat Video Game Addiction
Video game addiction in recent times has become a major concern for health authorities worldwide. The World Health Organization announced its own plans in June 2018 to recognise gaming as a mental health condition. Individuals suffering from it give increased priority to playing video games over other daily activities and routines,...
News Nintendo Will Continue To Sell The 3DS, As Long As There Is Consumer Demand For It
The interest is still there
Since the arrival of the Switch, 3DS sales have begun to slow. While this beloved handheld system - first released in 2011 - is easily one of the best Nintendo has created, it has come to a point in its life where support is finally slowing down. A quick look at the scheduled 3DS releases for 2019 reveals slim pickings,...
News Future Business Shift Could See Nintendo Move Away From Home Console Development
And increase the amount of games on smartphones
Shuntaro Furukawa replaced Tatsumi Kimishima last year as Nintendo's global president. Shortly after he was appointed, Furukawa mentioned how he "grew up" with Nintendo and would respect its traditions: originality and flexibility. With this in mind, during a recent interview with Nikkei - as...
News Nintendo President Believes Switch Can Meet Sales Goal Before End Of Fiscal Year
Smash Bros. Ultimate driving sales
Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa recently spoke with the Japanese publication Sankei about the success of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and the Switch. He believes the strong launch sales for Ultimate can be credited to returning fans who may have played certain entries throughout the history of the series and...
News Breaking Into The Chinese Games Market Won't Be Easy, Says Nintendo
A massive market, but one that isn't without its challenges
Nintendo's recent investor's Q&A document is now live in English, and a few little pieces of info that weren't covered in the translation of the Japanese version have now come to light - one of which involves the company's plans to expand into China. Nintendo has recently made deals...
News Nintendo Is Considering A Successor To The 3DS According To Its New President
Could the Switch get a friend?
The newly appointed Nintendo President, Shuntaro Furukawa, may have only officially stepped into his position earlier this week, but already he’s been talking to a number of local media outlets in Japan about the direction of the company. Speaking to The Kyoto Shimbun, the president touched on a range of...
News Nintendo's New President Wants To Put More People In Touch With Mario, Link And Samus
Striving to "produce new surprises"
Nintendo Co., Ltd. has a new president in the shape of Shuntaro Furukawa, and he's delivered his first official statement in his new role. Translated by Kite Stenbuck, the message outlines Furukawa's basic aims over the next few years: This is Shuntaro Furukawa who has been appointed as the...
News I Grew Up With Nintendo And Will Respect Its Traditions, Says New President Shuntaro Furukawa
"I grew up playing the Famicom and come from that generation"
Shuntaro Furukawa has given his first interview since the news broke that he would be replacing Tatsumi Kimishima as Nintendo's president. Speaking at a news conference today, Furukawa acknowledged his history with the company, and stated his desire to push the firm onto new...
News Shuntaro Furukawa Is Nintendo's New President
Pokemon Board Member Appointed as Kimishima Steps Down
At Nintendo's financial report in Tokyo this afternoon, it has been announced that 68 year old Tatsumi Kimishima will step down in June after nearly three years as President of the company. He will be replaced by board member of both Nintendo and The Pokémon Company, Shuntaro...