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Shuntaro Furukawa

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa recently sat down with Nikkei to discuss the future of the gaming industry and how Nintendo is coping. Among the extensive amount of topics, Furukawa talked about Nintendo’s development philosophy, retaining employees, how to make games that astonish players and more. In addition to this, Furukawa even discussed rare topics such as Google Stadia, the declining importance of the Japanese market, and if Nintendo has missed the boat on new technologies.

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While Nintendo have hosted several tournaments for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and provided support for the community in other ways, they generally don’t provide prize money for the tournament winners, making it tough for competitive players to build a career around it. In a recent interview with Nikkei, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa was asked about this issue and said the following (credit goes to Kotaku for the translation):

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa recently spoke with Nikkei regarding the work environment for Nintendo’s development staff. Furukawa stated that he relies on professionals to handle their work, and was met with surprise. When probed further in being asked if he truly did not have to interfere with their processes, Furukawa elaborated.

Here’s our translation:

In an interview with Nikkei, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa discussed the company’s stance on AR and more.

Furukawa noted that the Big N is “constantly researching and developing” new technologies, and there are talks between the hardware and software teams. As for AR specifically, he said Nintendo is actively researching how it can be used.

Here’s our full translation from the Japanese interview:

Update (1/6): We’ve updated a portion of the line in our translation, specifically about Nintendo focusing on improving methods of play on dedicated hardware.


Original (1/4):Cloud gaming continues to become an important topic in the gaming industry. Google, for instance, just entered the scene with its Stadia service a couple of months ago.

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa recently weighed in with his own thoughts as part of an interview with Nikkei. Speaking with the Japanese publication, Furukawa expressed the possibility that cloud gaming could become prominent in 10 years, but doesn’t currently think that dedicated hardware is going anywhere in the short-term. He did also note that Nintendo needs to “focus on improving methods of play that can only be had on dedicated hardware.”

Here’s the full excerpt as translated by Nintendo Everything:

Time has published a few choice words with Shuntaro Furukawa after speaking with the Nintendo president at the company’s headquarters in Japan earlier this month. Furukawa weighed in on the importance of giving teams freedom, focusing on entertainment above all else, approach to mobile monetization, and not copying companies – including Disney – in light of the Big N’s IP expansion plans over the past few years.

You can find Furukawa’s comments on these topics below. For Time’s full piece, which also includes comments from Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser and more, head on over here.

Last week, Nintendo held its 79th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. The voting results for the the company’s five directors were announced, which was led by president Shuntaro Furukawa. Furukawa ended up receiving a 92.04 percent approval rating.

Shigeru Miyamoto, Shinya Takahashi, Ko Shiota, and Satoru Shibata were also elected and assume office as directors. None received a rating lower than 96.13 percent.

Below are the full results:

During a financial results briefing today, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa commented on a couple of topics. Along with discussing Switch’s momentum, he also discussed plans for entering China.

Here’s the roundup:

Another brief interview with Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa has emerged from Japan. This time around, it was The Sankei News that published the discussion.

Furukawa commented on a few different topics, including Switch’s success towards the end of 2018. He also weighed in – yet again – on looking to sell 20 million units by the end of the fiscal year, and it’s here that something interesting was said. According to Furukawa, Nintendo is trying to focus on selling Switch and is “not considering a successor or a price cut at this time.” Given the system’s success, perhaps that isn’t an overly surprising statement.

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa recently participated in an interview with Kyoto Shimbun, which was published just a few days ago. The company’s boss weighed in on selling 20 million Switch units by the end of the fiscal year and needing a steady stream of games for the system, mobile (including keeping smartphone games separate from Switch), and the future of 3DS. He also teased future plans for Labo, touched on eSports, and commented on looking towards the Chinese market.

Here’s a full translation of the interview: