Somehow, the Nintendo Switch can already provide one of the greatest benefits of cloud games: the ability to launch a game from a large TV to a portable device and take it wherever you go. But Nintendo is not pretending that the capacity is enough to weather what could be a radical change in how games are played, developed and sold.
When Nintendo executives were asked at this year's annual shareholder meeting, what? they thought of games in the cloud – the idea that video games can be transmitted from remote Internet servers instead of running on a local console – admitted that not only believe that technology will be part of the future, but that Nintendo "must stay up to date" too.
Here is the full quote from Nintendo president, Shuntaro Furukawa, as translated by his own company:
Although we do not expect all games to become cloud games in the short term, technologies are definitely advancing. We see a future where the cloud and transmission technologies will increasingly develop as a means to offer games to consumers. We must be up to date with such changes in the environment. That said, if these changes increase the global game population, that will give us more opportunities with our integrated software and hardware development approach to reach people around the world with the unique entertainment that Nintendo can provide.
The director of Nintendo, Shigeru Miyamoto (creator of Mario, Zelda and Donkey Kong) agreed that "the games in the cloud will be generalized in the future," but added that he does not believe that technology necessarily replaces the consoles like the Switch.
"I have no doubt that games that are fun because they run locally and not in the cloud will continue," he said. "We believe it's important to continue using these diverse technical environments to create a unique entertainment that only Nintendo could have done."
While Nintendo does not have a game service in the cloud itself as Google, Sony and Microsoft. , has been silently experimenting with the idea in Japan through partners. In fact, we spent some quality time with streaming games on the Switch earlier this year.
The Nintendo president also took a question about subscription services, the other big issue in this year's E3 game show, and ended up suggesting that we could see more of them in the coming years. "Nintendo's policy is that we will consider whether each product we offer adapts to a subscription model as we expand our business in the future," he said.