VR Isn't Fun or Social, Says Nintendo

By Gary Cutlack on at

Nintendo's not going to be leaping on the VR bandwagon any time soon, it seems, with quotes from its senior staff suggesting it doesn't see how plopping on a headset adds anything to its core banana-collecting, coin-issuing corporate gameplay values.

The quote comes via Polygon, which was speaking to Nintendo's vocal US boss Reggie Fils-Aime. Reggie told the site his and therefore Nintendo's thoughts on the current obsession with taping phone screens to faces and calling them VR headsets, explaining:

"We have knowledge of the technical space, and we've been experimenting with this for a long, long time. What we believe is that, in order for this technology to move forward, you need to make it fun and you need to make it social. I haven't walked the floor, so I can't say in terms of what's on the floor today, but at least based on what I've seen to date, it's not fun, and it's not social. It's just tech."

Well it is just tech. That's because no one's making proper games for any of the things at the moment, only tech demos to justify being able to buy an Oculus Rift on business expenses. Games is where you could come in and clean up, Reggie, if you wanted to. [Polygon via MCV]