In an interview with Bloomberg, The Pokemon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara talked about his original thoughts regarding Nintendo Switch. Interestingly, he didn’t think it would be a hit among consumers.
I told Nintendo that Switch wouldn’t be a success before it went on sale, because I thought that in the age of the smartphone, no one would carry out a game console. It’s obvious I was wrong. I came to realize the key to a successful game is quite simple: software with absolute quality leads sales of hardware. Playing style can be flexible if the software is attractive enough. Currently, it’s popular among the early adopters, but there needs to be one more step to attract a wider audience. I see more potential in Switch, but one shouldn’t overestimate its potential.”
Although the system has solidified itself in the gaming market now, skepticism was running rampant back when it was announced in late 2016. However, the doubt was for good reason. Wii U was a failure, and Nintendo seemed to be following it its footsteps, rather than going the traditional powerful home console route.
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