The Pokémon Company CEO was Skeptical About Switch

Despite its success, “one more step” is still needed though.

By Jon Stevens. Posted 09/06/2017 20:15 Comment on this     ShareThis

News Desk Masthead - Pokémon PokemonAfter Wii U’s dismal sales figures, it is unsurprising that people were somewhat skeptical about the potential of Switch. Despite that, it is always interesting to hear senior individuals speak out on the subject — especially when those individuals are closely linked to Nintendo.

Tsunekazu Ishihara, CEO of The Pokémon Company, spoke recently with Bloomberg on this and recalled his initial concerns about Switch:

“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.”

Ishihara goes onto to say that he believes that software is key in selling hardware, but that he thinks that there is still something else needed to expand Switch’s appeal to a wider audience.

Of course, the company is currently working on a new Pokémon game for Switch, so he could in fact be referring to their own game. Ishihara sees Switch as “a chance to create Pokémon that goes deeper and with a higher level of expression“.

It goes without saying that Pokémon is beyond popular. After all, last year’s Pokémon Sun and Moon had the biggest launch release of any Nintendo 3DS game to date.

Is Pokémon the game to help expand Switch’s appeal though? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Kotaku

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