Over the last couple of months, we’ve reported on a variety on Nintendo execs exclaiming that they are not at all interested in VR technology. The general consensus from the company has been: “The tech just isn’t there yet. If it comes to mainstream, we’ll look into it”. As virtual reality continues to stay in the media however, it seems the company has started to reconsider it’s position.
In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima said that the company is interested in VR technology, and people should not rule out their involvement in the tech in the future.
If you ask us whether there are any possibilities, we can’t say no. It may be that we will build VR software titles. I think that opportunity is available to us.
Unfortunately, that likely doesn’t mean anything for the company’s recently announced “Switch” console. There was a patent filed by Nintendo recently showing object being projected onto player’s hands by a handheld device, but it is still widely unknown if this was meant for the new Switch console.
We still don’t know much about Nintendo’s new device besides what we saw at the official unveiling recently, but there is another event coming up on January 12th which should shed light on a lot more specifics. While it’s quite likely that none of these will have anything to do with VR, we shouldn’t rule out any possibilities.
Are you hoping the company takes a leap into the VR space? I could personally see Metroid being an absolutely perfect franchise to start the company off with VR, but there are probably plenty other titles that would work just as well.