June 20, 2018 8:10 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Tech media outlet The Verge, has published and article featuring how Nintendo merging divisions has been successful for Switch. Nintendo’s Shinya Takahashi also commented on Nintendo’s stand about sticking to release dates and the 3DS’ current role.

Below are just some of Takahashi’s comments. If you would like to read the whole article, be sure to check it out on The Verge’s website


On ensuring there aren’t big gaps between new game releases…

“It’s something that I think about and worry about all the time.”

On the benefits of merging its development divisions, which took place a few years ago…

– Nintendo can be more flexible and purposeful with how it uses its developers

“We think very carefully about how we can assign people to projects in development. What number we can assign, what we can have them working on. And that’s something that we always think about very closely in regards to how we ensure we have a steady release of high-quality titles.”

On sticking to release dates…

“If they don’t have a deadline, they’ll be happy to refine the project forever. If we didn’t have a deadline, we might still be working on Super Mario Bros 3 for the Famicom.”

– Takahashi also works with the company’s sales and marketing teams, in order to ensure everything follows the right schedule
– He says “Putting all of that together is maybe the biggest part of my job”

On the 3DS…

“As a platform that is now in its eighth year since launch, I think it has found a very interesting role for us. Which is that it’s accessible to a lower age demographic, and we’re able to focus a lot of software that’s really appealing to that audience on the Nintendo 3DS platform, which means that we can also look for software teams that are very well-suited to creating games of that type.”

On how having platform knowledge in one place not only benefits the games Nintendo makes, but also its ability to help outside partners…

“All of the systems that we create internally to improve the development environment are things that we’ve been able to share. It becomes an investment not just in one title.”


Source: The Verge

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