The Nintendo NX Could Go Big on VR

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Frustratingly, we still know very little about Nintendo’s upcoming console, but a couple of words from company president Tatsumi Kimishima at this week’s earnings call has got tongues wagging. Kimishima reportedly confirmed that Nintendo is ‘looking into’ VR, which pretty much goes against everything the company’s said about its stance on the technology in the past.

We’ve got no other details, but it’s a start. The mystery surrounding the Nintendo NX tells us that the company’s been plotting a VR push for some time now, though if this is indeed the case, we’re not sure why Kimishima and co have kept their plans under wraps for so long. The element of surprise is valuable tool, but it could have been wiser for the struggling firm to simply get the hints out early and ride the subsequent wave of VR hype. Assuming the NX is VR-based, of course.

Sure enough, the Games Developers Conference’s 2016 State of the Industry report shows that just one per cent of games developers are currently building Nintendo NX games, while 16 per cent are involved in a virtual reality project. VR or no VR, Nintendo needs to drum up interest sharpish. [ArsTechnica]


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