More and more company CEO’s are praising the Nintendo Switch. From NVIDIA to Gamestop, the people who know how to sell hardware are extremely confident in the console/handheld hybrid.
GameStop CEO Paul Raines said in the company’s latest earnings report (thanks GameSpot):
“The Nintendo Switch, which I played at Nintendo a few weeks ago–we believe could be another game-changer that will expand the audience for gaming,”
While he didn’t have much else to say on that point, likely because he has been sworn to a level of secrecy, he could have let slip something that we have yet to hear about: Motion Controls.
“The Switch is a very interesting device…. A movement-related game is more fun for kids, you know, taking those [Joy-con controllers off] and then the master controller, you can really do a lot of interesting things with that in gameplay.”
“I think it has tremendous potential as a game-changer. We’ll have to wait and see. Like everything else in this industry, the consumers will vote with their dollars.”
Spoken like a true businessman.
It would be odd of Nintendo to completely remove motion controls from their games after they have invested so much into it, but I think those of us that take gaming a bit more seriously have probably tried to ignore the possibility of that and focus more on the points that we think could bring Nintendo back into the less “casual” forms of gaming, like Skyrim being a release for the device.
Regardless of whether or not they are fueled purely by money, I do take some comfort in the CEO’s confidence in the device, as it does solidify that the innovation will not be something coming ahead of its time.