Tatsumi Kimishima has been president of Nintendo for over a year now, taking control of the firm following the tragic passing of Satoru Iwata – a man who saw Nintendo through some of its most successful and testing times.
Kimishima himself is overseeing a drastic change in the company; not only is it looking to consolidate its domestic and portable business with a single console, it is also branching out into smartphone gaming and leveraging its IP through ventures like theme parks.
There’s clearly a lot on Kimishima’s plate at present, and he sat down with Bloomberg for his first interview since the Switch was revealed to the world. Naturally, the new system was a hot topic. When asked about why Nintendo had chosen to combine a home and handheld gaming in one system, he said:
We didn’t just want a successor to the Wii U or the 3DS. So our original concept was, “What kind of new experience can we create?” And what we showed this time was an object that’s both stationary and one you can take outside to play with anyone you want.
He also expressed hope that the 3DS would continue to evolve alongside the Switch – echoing previous comments he had made regarding software support for the console – but tellingly didn’t mention the Wii U:
Thanks to our software, the 3DS hardware is still growing. So that business still has momentum. And certainly rather than being cannibalized by the Switch, we think the 3DS can continue in its own form.
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