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User Info: Larsa_Britdor

Larsa_Britdor
4 weeks ago#1
https://gonintendo.com/stories/326664-nintendo-president-talks-esports-switch-sales-nintendo-labo-res

Linking to gonintendo because it's based on like 5+ sources.

- Nintendo has taken elements of eSports into consideration when developing games
- this includes the perspective of the audience and competitors
- Nintendo is looking into making eSports events not about “large prize money”, but to increase its “contact points” with fans
- Nintendo forecasts future growth (for Switch) in Asia, as the market that hasn’t been particularly strong
- Nintendo has “things yet to be done” in Asia
- if possible, Furukawa wants to tackle the challenge of entering the mainland Chinese market
- Furukawa wants to bring more Nintendo smartphone apps overseas
- 3DS has turned into an affordable console for entry-level players and children
- compared to the Switch form factor, the 3DS is “light and compact”
- the Switch business is isolated from the 3DS business, and both can co-exist
- Nintendo has no plans to discontinue 3DS at this time and will continue to support it

- Furukawa sales it's “unfavorable” to compare Nintendo Labo sales to the sales of other popular first party titles
- Nintendo Labo sales during the holiday season saw a bump
- Nintendo hopes to turn Nintendo Labo into an evergreen product
- Nintendo does not have plans to connect all of their smartphone apps with games on traditional hardware
- one goal of making smartphone apps is to increase the fans of a certain IP
- monetization of smartphone apps is different from traditional console games
- Nintendo is committed to release “two to three” smartphone apps within the year
- Nintendo is closely monitoring Switch sales trends during the end of year and new year holiday season
- Furukawa does not have the exact figure on how many Switch units were sold
- this means Furukawa isn't yet sure if they'll hit the 20 million Switch units sold in the current fiscal year
- with Switch approaching its 3rd anniversary, it will be more important than ever to deliver “fresh” software to consumers
- Nintendo wants to highlight the versatility of the Switch to consumers


Personally I'm very worried about their obsession with the mainland chinese market, and the talk of 3DS co-existing continues even though all they have to show is a Mario & Luigi remake.
On the other hand I was starting to dislike Furukawa. He seemed obsessed with mobile in previous interviews, but reading this it looks like he actually knows what he's doing.

User Info: Maverick_Reznor

Maverick_Reznor
4 weeks ago#2
why would entering the chinese market scare you?
also Nintendo isnt the only one supporting the 3ds still
Atlus supports it pretty heavily as well
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User Info: Xenis

Xenis
4 weeks ago#3
Maverick_Reznor posted...
why would entering the chinese market scare you?
also Nintendo isnt the only one supporting the 3ds still
Atlus supports it pretty heavily as well


Isn't the Chinese market PC like South Korea? Home consoles are popular in either country.

User Info: BenjaMan64

BenjaMan64
4 weeks ago#4
monetization of smartphone apps is different from traditional console games

I hope that means that they're going to keep microtransactions away from console games. If Nintendo starts pulling an EA/Activision, for example charging people for a red dot, gaming may truly die.
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User Info: Larsa_Britdor

Larsa_Britdor
4 weeks ago#5
Maverick_Reznor posted...
why would entering the chinese market scare you?
also Nintendo isnt the only one supporting the 3ds still
Atlus supports it pretty heavily as well


If they ever fully enter that market expect online cheaters to become a 10x bigger issue than it is. Mainland chinese who can afford a Switch have such a serious behavior problem online and offline even chinese hate them. Lack of moral compass among mainland "new rich" chinese is aknowledged by chinese themselves as a huge problem in their modern society. You can find multiple articles from chinese sources talking about it so don't nobody give me that "but (North America/Europe/Latin America/Australia) aren't any better" pseudo moralist preaching.
China shouldn't ever go online in the same environment as the rest of the world. Ask anyone who plays online PC games with chinese what it's like. It's no exaggeration. They're even more arrogant than nationalist americans. They literally think the rest of the world needs to adapt to them instead of adapting to local rules and will argue against you no matter what.

User Info: 1499

1499
4 weeks ago#6
Getting into the Chinese Market is fine, I just hope they don’t handle it like it was handled in Monster Hunter and try to put the Chinese customers on the same servers as the Western World.
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1499
4 weeks ago#8
cyberDefender posted...
1499 posted...
Getting into the Chinese Market is fine, I just hope they don’t handle it like it was handled in Monster Hunter and try to put the Chinese customers on the same servers as the Western World.

How racist are you?

dont even answer, we already know.

Gotta Hand it to you, this is some really good bait
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User Info: The_DOAM

The_DOAM
4 weeks ago#9
Esports is the only issue

Regardless of the game when a company gets that esport mentality things get heavily pruned and streamlined. Meaning reduced options and reduced fun locking things into their little boxes playstyles.
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User Info: Kovatch

Kovatch
4 weeks ago#10
Larsa_Britdor posted...
Maverick_Reznor posted...
why would entering the chinese market scare you?
also Nintendo isnt the only one supporting the 3ds still
Atlus supports it pretty heavily as well


If they ever fully enter that market expect online cheaters to become a 10x bigger issue than it is. Mainland chinese who can afford a Switch have such a serious behavior problem online and offline even chinese hate them. Lack of moral compass among mainland "new rich" chinese is aknowledged by chinese themselves as a huge problem in their modern society. You can find multiple articles from chinese sources talking about it so don't nobody give me that "but (North America/Europe/Latin America/Australia) aren't any better" pseudo moralist preaching.
China shouldn't ever go online in the same environment as the rest of the world. Ask anyone who plays online PC games with chinese what it's like. It's no exaggeration. They're even more arrogant than nationalist americans. They literally think the rest of the world needs to adapt to them instead of adapting to local rules and will argue against you no matter what.


I agree with much of this.
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