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Reggie talks about Nintendo’s dedication to innovation

Posted on September 24, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News

Switch has been receiving all sorts of compliments from developers and industry members. Suda51 event recently called the system as well as Nintendo in general “punk”.

Mashable brought this up with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime. That led him to talk about Nintendo’s dedication to innovating, in which he mentioned:

“We’re constantly looking to disrupt the industry. We’re constantly asking ourselves what can we do that’s differentiated, that the consumer wants but doesn’t know they want.”

“One thing that I love about our company is we always put innovation first. We are always looking to take that risk.”

New ideas won’t always lead to absolute success. Yet even when they fail, they can be revisited in the future. Reggie pointed to the Virtual Boy as one idea that failed, but helped pave the way for the 3DS.

He said:

“More often than not they work, sometimes they don’t. Without that (Virtual Boy), we wouldn’t have learned about that particular space, about what you can do with VR and then AR. And who knows? AR may not have ever been incorporated into the Nintendo 3DS if we hadn’t had that failed experiment 20 years prior.”


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  • Morian

    In Switch context home console games on the go isn’t really an innovation (that was the main concept of PSP and Vita and they were destroyed by Nintendo handhelds). But the table top mode kinda is. I did not know I wanted something like that, the other day I played the Switch with a friend at the university, so much fun.

    The other innovation I can think of is HD Rumble. No one cares about it (except some few crazy devs like the Senran Kagura one) but hey, they took the risk at least.

    Stereoscopic 3D, connectivity, VR and AR have to stay dead. No one wants them again.

    • JasonBall

      I want stereoscopic 3D again so bad.

      • Aline Piroutek

        New 3DS Master Race. The only motive to buy it, the AWESOME 3D effect.

        • JasonBall

          And the SNES virtual console, and the dual analog and extra triggers and load times and ability to watch *cough* videos *cough* in the browser and post to Miiverse directly with Smash, and built in amiibo reader, and exclusive games, yeah.

      • Carlos

        I wouldn’t mind 3D if it was used for something other than just being in 3D.

        • JasonBall

          What? Just being in 3D is the only way. If it were required for gameplay people with a 2DS or people with eye issues or whatnot couldn’t play. As it is now, it’s a beautiful enhancement for those with a 3DS but not a deal breaker for those without.

          • Carlos

            When I first got my 3DS I would play my games in 3D, for a while. Now it’s kind of just there. I’d rather they have something that actually adds to the gameplay. 3D is a gimmick that was cool for a little while, but I’m sure most people stopped using. Why do you think Nintendo keeps releasing so many iterations of the 2DS now.

          • Izaal Daar

            I would hace actual y paid 50 to 80$ more for my Switch if it had had 3d as the new 3ds or better.
            I really missed it while playing the Monster Hunter XX demo in Switch, I didn’t perceived the deep and the distances as good as I did in the 3ds demo of generations or while playing MH4U… I really feel the control better on new 3ds because of that despite the better joysticks in Switch.

          • JasonBall

            No, if they made 3d necessary for games, can you imagine the hissy fits people would throw? An awesome graphical enhancement for those that use it and love it is the only way to go right now.

          • Carlos

            People would throw hissy fits no matter what. I just wish 3D wasn’t a gimmick.

          • JasonBall

            It’s not. It’s a graphical enhancement. Like when games started being in HD. They still function fine in SD but just don’t look as good. There is no difference here in logic.

      • KnickKnackMyWack

        With all due respect, I think you’re in the minority there. Kids were encouraged not to use 3D and for many of us, it only serves to hurt our eyes and jack up the cost of the system.

        • JasonBall

          Yes, you are right, sadly. Some people, through no fault of their own, can’t physically handle 3d on a screen, even though the world is in 3d. I’ve given up trying to understand it.

          • KnickKnackMyWack

            It’s an awkward adjustment for the eyes. You’re not alone in this, one of my close friends plays with 3D on all the time with no issues. For me it makes my eyes burn within minutes. For others, it gives headaches. I don’t really understand the science of it myself, but I chalk it up to some peoples’ eyes being more capable of adjusting than others.

          • JasonBall

            Yes. And I feel so bad for those people. Games are sharper and brighter with 3D on. You can see more. It enhances the experience 100% of the time for me. Their loss.

          • KnickKnackMyWack

            That’s fair. It’s the total opposite for me. It looks blurrier, more jaggies and as I mentioned it makes my eyes hurt. I’d love to keep the 3D on indefinitely, but I just can’t. 🙁

          • JasonBall

            Sorry bro

    • Simtopia23

      The joycons are the innovation: the fact that can be used as one single controller each and because of that Nintendo basically has brought the multiplayer on the go with a single device.

      The hybrid system, yes Sony got the same idea years ago but they never did it right: even with the Vita the remote play is soo half baked, and Vita games on TV suck, it was more a gimmick than the main feature as it is on the Switch.

      VR and AR aren’t dead yet, actually i think AR has still some potential, but more in the smartphone market. Pokémon GO and Snapchat are the two best examples of successful AR apps.

      • I guess that’s innovation but I’m not ten years old and don’t need to be occupied on a long car ride
        Really you could easily just get a couple controllers for an ipad and have the same result

        • Mark Petrovic

          You obviously have never played a Switch…. iPad can’t hold a candle to the Switch.

        • oscar zambrano

          Yeah enjoy candy crush. An IPad or any other tablets is the most useless device ever. My phone does what a tablet does and makes calls too.

          • you know the switch is a tablet, right

          • oscar zambrano

            You know the switch plays real games right? You know the switch is a console too right? Enjoy candy crush on your craptastic tablet.

          • real games like minecraft and just dance?

          • oscar zambrano

            Lol, really? You do realize that just dance and Minecraft are in every other console and on pc as well right? How about Zelda, Doom, Mario oddysey, Splatoon 2, Mario Kart, Metroid. The only time I play mobile games is when I’m taking a dump. For the price of a useless tablet I can get a gaming Laptop that will smoke any table out there. Oh, yeah the laptop also runs real useful apps and software.

          • Game_God

            Go flip yourself you mormom! 😉

          • u mad

          • Game_God

            U pad ;P

          • KnickKnackMyWack

            I think he missed the memo that Switch is getting Doom and Wolfenstein 2. What’s the iPad getting again?

        • Simtopia23

          There aren’t controllers that you can attach on the system, playable detached and playable sideways as two controllers. Even if you aren’t a kid, you can play it with friends,… there are like 3-5 games on the ipad made for two controllers, and these are still mobile games (so very short experiences), + it’s extremely more uncomfortable to carry an ipad + two controllers than a Switch.

    • The Switch is not like the PSP and Vita. Those devices had capabilities similar to the PS2 and PS3, respectively, but they were never positioned to be replacements for those dedicated home platforms.

      The PSP was a compliment to the PS3 and also had a library of its own. Similarly, the PS Vita was a compliment to the PS4 and also had a library of its own.

      Switch is its own platform and is even officially classified as being a ‘hybrid system’ instead of a traditional home console or handheld. Yet, Nintendo itself has stated that it considers the Switch to be a home console “first and foremost” as evidenced by the fact that it’s replaced the Wii U but stands out from the 3DS.

    • Jaxon Holden

      PSP and Vita were never home console games on the go. They might have claimed to be in their marketing, but PSP was never running games like Final Fantasy X or Shadow of the Colossus. And Vita was never running The Last of Us or Uncharted 3.

      Neither were they able to seamlessly switch between tv and handheld.

      In both of these respects, Switch has innovated where no one has before.

    • Fandangle

      People have been saying consoles need to be more modular for years. They need to be to compete with the PC market which is quickly gaining a large portion of the market in the west.

  • Gregory Weagle

    Ironically; the Switch is the least innovative system they have ever made, but it’s the most intergrated system they have ever made. People want intergration, not innovation, unless the innovation leads to the intergration people want.

    • Gestrid

      If you think about it, the Switch is a combination of the more popular or unique features of probably most of Nintendo’s consoles over the years.

    • KnickKnackMyWack

      Innovative doesn’t necessarily mean completely new concepts like the Wiimote back in the day. Sometimes innovation means taking established ideas and presenting them in ways that seem new. The Switch takes the two oldest concepts in home gaming and combines them. That is its innovation.

      • oscar zambrano

        It’s extremely innovative. You dont realize what you have until you get one.

  • Aline Piroutek

    Innovations on the gameplay from the last generation:
    3DS: Streetpass, 3D without glasses.
    WiiU: Dual Screen gameplay with a detached screen.

    Results: Developers give stupid functions to Streetpass like in Pokémon, most of times.
    The 3D effect is takes out most of times recently.

    Most WiiU games play just like a PS4, only buttons and gyro controls on the controller.

    What a sad way to forget the good things from each console.

    • dude streetpass was awesome

      and i bought a 3ds for the 3d. the only games that i have that don’t have 3D are VC that I got for free.

  • Aline Piroutek

    I think the best innovation in the gameplay are still the dual screen and Motion Controls.
    The other innovations are nice but don’t affect directly the gameplay, like offTV and hybrid device. A Switch docked plays just like PS4(until Wii Sports Switch).

    • Gestrid

      *Switch Sports, because it wouldn’t be a Wii title.

      • Aline Piroutek

        The most famous Wii game must carry it’s main name.
        #Day1Buy WiiSportsSwitch

  • Vigilante_blade

    Can we change buzz word now?