Former Nintendo developer Giles Goddard believes that the company is only interested in big projects going forwards, and that the smaller experimental games are a thing of the past.
In a recent interview, Goddard, who used to be a Nintendo developer and now serves as CEO for Vitei Games, says that the company is “less inclined” to do experimental games now. Instead, he believes that Nintendo is leaving the experimental work to the indie developers via their “Nindies” initiative. He said:
“I think internally they are only really interested in doing the big projects now. Whether that was since Iwata-san passed away or not, I don’t know. But they are less inclined in doing experimental things now, I think.”
He added that he’s not sure if this is sustainable for Nintendo in the long run, and that he’s not sure if former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata would agree on the direction the company is taking.
Nintendo has surely had success with big games: Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a must-have title and is helping the Switch to become the must-have console at the moment. And so will Super Mario Odyssey this Fall.
However, we have to think real hard to find an “experimental” or even an original game that Nintendo has done in the past few years. Only Arms comes to mind.
Do you think it’s a good thing that Nintendo is focusing on big games instead of smaller, more experimental and original games? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section!