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Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa has weighed in on how the company approaches new technology.

In an interview with NHK translated by Nintendo Everything, Furukawa indicated rather than pursuing tech for the sake of it, it’s instead about “how they can lead to revolutions in the act of play itself.” Also mentioned is that Nintendo is pursuing new technology in general, but isn’t focusing on one specific area.

Nintendo 2023 salaries Shuntaro Furukawa Shigeru Miyamoto

Nintendo’s latest annual report for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023, which was just issued today, outlines the salaries of the company’s top directors including president Shuntaro Furukawa and Shigeru Miyamoto.

As the head of Nintendo, Furukawa earns the most with a salary of $2.51 million. Miyamoto follows in second with $2.02 million. The rest of the list rounds out with Shinya Takahashi (one of the hosts in the last Nintendo Direct) at $1.61 million, Satoru Shibata at $1.91 million, and Ko Shiota at $910,000. Note that these figures were converted from yen.

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa has revealed that the successor to the Switch will utilise the same “Nintendo Account” system when it releases.

Furukawa shared that information during Nintendo’s recent shareholder Q&A. He stated that the desire was to ensure as smooth a transition for customers as possible. Over 290 million Nintendo Accounts have been made worldwide, so it is unsurprising that Nintendo would want to continue to support this system.

switch no price increase

According to Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa, the company has no plans to increase the price of the Switch.

Furukawa shared that information in an interview with Nikkei. He said that Switch demand is currently outpacing supply, but that doesn’t mean Nintendo will up the price. The company wants to “avoid pricing people out” and “maintain the momentum of our overall business.”

Furukawa’s comments came about while talking about Switch hardware production as well as sales targets. You can read the brief interview below. 

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Shuntaro Furukawa managed to make it to the very top of Nintendo as the company’s president. Tatsumi Kimishima briefly held the position following the sudden passing of Satoru Iwata, but Furukawa took over in 2018 and has stayed there since.

In a piece on Nikkei, Furukawa shared some background on his experience with Nintendo and joining the company. As it turns out, he didn’t really play most of the Big N’s games and instead was more interested in third-party titles. But after receiving a suggestion to play Super Mario Kart, he started to understand Nintendo’s greatness.

It’s no secret that there have been component shortages for all sorts of technology, including Switch. Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa has now said that the situation is starting to impact the company’s gross profit due to increased costs.

During Nintendo’s financial results briefing last week, Furukara explained that the “rise is gradual” and there will only be a small impact this fiscal year. However, “if costs continue at current levels through next fiscal year as well, then we would expect hardware profitability to decrease correspondingly compared to this fiscal year.” Also brought up is how the Switch OLED has a lower profit margin compared to the standard Switch and Switch Lite.

Furukawa stated:

switch evergreen

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa spoke about sales of evergreen Switch titles during the company’s financial results briefing last week.

According to Furukawa, the system saw a percentage of 50-60 percent for older first-party software over the past few months. He mentioned that new Switch buyers tend to pick up “an evergreen title as their second or third game.” However, going forward, Nintendo expects that there’ll be “more purchases of multiple systems within the same household, as well as consumers replacing a previous Nintendo Switch system with Nintendo Switch – OLED Model.”

Furukawa’s full words:

Nintendo NFTs

During the Q&A portion of its financial results briefing last week, Nintendo was asked about the metaverse and NFTs. While we had a very brief summary at the time, the full and official comments are now available.

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa addressed the news directly. In his response, he mentioned how the metaverse “has great potential”, but also admitted that there’s currently “no easy way to define specifically what kinds of surprises and enjoyment the metaverse can deliver to our consumers.” Fans will likely be happy to hear that it sounds like Nintendo has no immediate plans to pursue this space.

Furukawa’s full comments regarding Nintendo, NFTs, and the metaverse can be found below.

next system after switch

Last week, Nintendo reconfirmed what everyone pretty much assumed by mentioning that it has plans for another system following the Switch. One investor attempted to get more out of the company by asking about the next generation of hardware during the Q&A portion of a financial results briefing last week. 

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa responded and started out by discussing the current situation with Switch. Despite being nearly five years old, he reiterated that “the system is at the mid-point of its lifecycle” and “a foundation for growth has been laid that exceeds what we previously considered to be a conventional hardware lifecycle.”

During a Q&A session for its financial results last week, Nintendo further discussed the impact of current chip shortages on Switch hardware production and how it’s dealing with the situation. President Shuntaro Furukawa, Ko Shiota (director, senior executive officer), and Shigeru Miyamoto all chimed in.

Furukawa stated that “the future if uncertain” when it comes to the necessary semiconductor components that are in short supply at present, and will be “maximizing our software sales as much as possible” to continue Switch momentum. Shiota noted that hardware developers “are also continuing to take measures such as evaluating alternative components and reviewing our designs.” As for Miyamoto, he explained that actual software development is still proceeding as planned, not to mention that its mobile and video content efforts are unaffected.

Furukawa, Shiota, and Miyamoto said the following when asked about Switch production with chip shortages:

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