Even though 2015 was a better year for Nintendo than some of the years before it, many fans are looking forward to 2016. It seemed that almost everything in the company’s pipeline would come to fruition once the calendar switched over and all of those “We’ll talk about it next year” promises would finally be kept.
Now that 2016 is finally here, fans still have to wait a little longer to find out what they want to know about things like the NX platform and Zelda U. To help tide them over, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima recently spoke to Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun and offered up a few teases of what the year would hold.
In a series of six tweets, games industry consultant Dr. Serkan Toto translated the gist of the article for fans who don’t read Japanese. There were a total of five points touched on in the article, including the NX, smartphone apps, other licensing opportunities, and how the company wants to build its business over the next several years. You can see how Toto summarized these points below:
1) Nintendo president Kimishima just published his plans for 2016 in news paper Mainichi Shimbun (https://t.co/Nve3mKXbBR). Here's the gist:— Dr. Serkan Toto (@serkantoto) January 15, 2016
2) Kimishima says Nintendo wants to surprise fans with new ideas - not build on old ones. Nintendo will in 2016 release “details” on the NX.— Dr. Serkan Toto (@serkantoto) January 15, 2016
Note the emphasis on the word “details”; this seems to suggest that there won’t be an NX release in 2016. It’s important to keep in mind that this is all that Nintendo has promised in the past, despite analyst and fan speculation that the NX would see a release this year.
3) Kimishima claims the expansion to smartphones and theme parks, but also to movies and TV animes (via character licensing) is progressing.— Dr. Serkan Toto (@serkantoto) January 15, 2016
There were a lot of rumors last year about movies or television shows, including a Legend of Zelda Netflix show that Nintendo denied at the time. Hopefully this means that projects like those will become real moving forward, especially for properties such as the Legend of Zelda series and Metroid.
4) He says it’s vital for Nintendo to experiment with new business models. He confirms the first smartphone app will be rolled out in March.— Dr. Serkan Toto (@serkantoto) January 15, 2016
5) Kimishima promises smartphone apps with Nintendo’s famous characters in 2016. He wants to bring the company’s financials to a new level.— Dr. Serkan Toto (@serkantoto) January 15, 2016
New business models could be big for Nintendo, but it’s important to remember that these will likely still be classic Nintendo through and through. Smartphone apps and other original content starring major Nintendo characters will be big, but you probably shouldn’t hold your breath for classic Mario games on the PS4.
6) The plan is to bring profits to 100 billion yen ($855 million) in “several years”. [Note: that would be 4x of last year's profit.] //end— Dr. Serkan Toto (@serkantoto) January 15, 2016
Nintendo has a lot of money to help pad it against the lackluster sales that the Wii U experienced on launch, but profit is still the goal at the end of the day. It’s good to see that Nintendo has a definite plan to increase its profits, and that it’s not overpromising but is instead seeing a rise in profits over the next few years.
It remains to be seen just how well Nintendo will be able to pull off its plans, but hopefully its new business models will embrace the modern world without straying too far from its roots. While Nintendo lags behind Sony and Microsoft in sales, the Wii U and 3DS are a different kind of console that delivers a largely “Nintendo” experience to fans. Seeing the company abandon that to simply join the console race would be kind of sad, even though it would be great for the company to attract some of the third party developers back with powerful enough hardware for modern games. Expanding the brand into movies, anime and other media would be great as well, but let’s hope that someone keeps a bit more of an eye on the script than they did with Super Mario Bros.
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