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The lifecycle of Switch was a prominent topic discussed during Nintendo’s latest financial results briefing. President Tatsumi Kimishima, managing executive officer Shinya Takahashi, and Shigeru Miyamoto weighed in on year two and the system’s future in general.

Kimishima once again spoke about the importance of year two. In 2018, Nintendo will focus on games featuring Switch’s concept of playing “anytime, anywhere, with anyone” and “encourage consumers to discover their own ways of having fun.” Kimishima added that Nintendo “will release a series of products, including some not announced today, and continue to create games like Nintendo Labo that people look forward to playing.”

During the Q&A section of its latest financial results briefing, Nintendo was asked about the design concept for Switch’s Joy-Con. Senior executive officer Ko Shiota, managing executive officer Shinya Takahashi, and Shigeru Miyamoto all weighed in on this.

Shiota said that the “Joy-Con was designed from the start of development as a device that could have a variety of uses besides being a game controller, including the possibility of attachment to something else for play.” Nintendo also thought about the Joy-Con could be used by setting it in an attachment. Takahashi later added that Nintendo “considered play using just the hardware and software, as well as play in combination with other things.”

One topic brought up during the Q&A portion of Nintendo’s latest financial results briefing. President Tatsumi Kimishima and Shigeru Miyamoto both weighed in.

Kimishima noted that Nintendo looks to avoid selling hardware at a launch. Additionally, the company thinks about a price that “consumers will consider fair value and Nintendo-esque.” For software, Kimishima said “it is important that the software contain content of value, and that the value of the content not vary even if the way it is provided changes.”

As part of its latest financial results, Nintendo finally confirmed that a new animated Mario movie is on the way. Illumination is being brought in to work on the project.

During the Q&A section of Nintendo’s latest financial results briefing, Shigeru Miyamoto commented on the movie a bit further. Below are his full comments on the film:

During the Q&A portion of Nintendo’s latest financial results briefing, the company was asked about any issues / risk factors now that weren’t considered before launch. This prompted managing executive officer Shinya Takahashi, senior executive officer Ko Shiota, and Shigeru Miyamoto to talk about the need to increase the appeal of Switch to all age groups, regardless of gender.

Miyamoto commented on this as well, and said something interesting. Nintendo wants each individual person to own a Switch as opposed to every family in general.

Nintendo surprised everyone last month with the announcement of Nintendo Labo last month. Going after kids and kids at heart, Nintendo Labo will allow Switch owners to make creations out of cardboard and then use them with compatible applications / mini-games.

Using cardboard may have seemed out of left field, but it ended up being a natural fit. Nintendo commented on the entire Nintendo Labo project including the reception and the decision to feature cardboard.

Here’s what was shared:

During Nintendo’s financial results briefing, the company made the new animated Mario movie with Illumination official. Shigeru Miyamoto and Chris Meledandri will be co-producing. At the Q&A portion of the briefing, Miyamoto shared more details on how the partnership came to be.

Miyamoto started out by saying that he’s been considering an animated movie for many years. However, in his view, creating games and movies aren’t really that similar.

Over the past few years, we’ve heard more and more about Nintendo letting the younger generation of developers step into the limelight. Shigeru Miyamoto himself has also spoke previously about wanting to step back so that some of the newer staff can thrive.

Nintendo commented about this as part of a new feature on The New York Times. One noteworthy quote specifically is from Miyamoto, who said that he’s looking to bring in “designers who aren’t super-passionate game fans” because he wants them to have “different interests and skill sets.”

Everyone’s favorite video game developer is celebrating a birthday today. That’s right – Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of hit franchises like Mario and Zelda, is now 65 years old. Miyamoto was born on November 16, 1952.

Let’s take a moment to wish Miyamoto a very happy birthday. Here’s to a great year ahead with much happiness and success.

Back at E3, Game Informer interviewed Shigeru Miyamoto. The site only published a portion of its discussion at the time, but to celebrate Super Mario Odyssey, has now shared the rest of the comments. Game Informer spoke with Miyamoto about a few different things, including the approach to 2D Mario art going forward and interest in having classic games on Switch.

You can read Miyamoto’s responses about these topics below. For the full interview, head on over here.

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