Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata tragically passed away in 2015 he brought a lot to the video game industry. His stance on video games being fun is what made Nintendo stand out among the competition and this was his legacy so with everything he accomplished does the Nintendo Switch stay in the same spirit as the consoles before it, and most importantly would Iwata be proud of this new product?
Back in early 2014 Nintendo hinted at the release of their next console, this was code named NX and as of this year that console has been announced as the Nintendo Switch. The Switch itself with the limited information that has been given looks to be the most mobile console Nintendo has launched and this is where the confusion is as Iwata himself was always against the mobile gaming industry and more for the home family experience.
Back in February 2014 Iwata was quoted as saying that “handhelds and consoles could be like brothers in a family” (Iwata 2014). In that interview he also went on to state that the switch would successfully integrate the Wii U architecture as well.
Probably one of the most notable features of the new Switch that makes it so different to a mobile gaming device is its use of cartridges as opposed to relying on the use of apps like every other devices that is similar such as tablets.
“Switch, while it looks interesting, could imply smartphone games are not as much of a priority now,” explains David Gibson, a senior analyst at Macquarie Securities in Tokyo.
This console itself could allow Iwata’s previous comment to become true allowing both their home console and handhelds to branch together in this super console, this is what may be needed to help boost the company back up to challenge the mobile gaming industry.
In response, Nintendo combined their portable and home console game development teams in 2013. CEO Satoru Iwata told investors the following year that the company’s next systems would share a common platform to make building games easier.
So it seems before his passing Iwata was working on a way to draw the two biggest strengths his company had together, with both the potential of gaming where-ever you want with the 3ds to the popular family gaming console the Wii and this is what the Switch is a bridge between those two gaps.
“More so, I’m excited about what this means for family gaming, gaming with friends, and just social gaming in general. The Switch looks like a great opportunity to bring back some local co-op—only not just to couches, but to picnic tables and road-trips and so forth.”
In conclusion the above statement from Forbes captures exactly what Iwata wanted his customers to experience an excitement of having fun again with family and friends and that is exactly what the new Switch can bring users on its release in March next year.