Diversity is an interesting word when it comes to video games, because for publishers and developers, having a diversity of titles can be a boon, as it shows off the full range of skills and possibilities that teams can create. For Nintendo, they have the most diverse lineup of 1st party titles ever conceived, with just about every single one falling into a different gaming genre. However, diversity also can apply to the systems you put games out on. And during a recent Shareholders Meeting, Nintendo was asked about whether they would consider putting some of their titles on PC.
Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima took to this question with honesty and clarity. He admitted that the PC market was a very strong market, however, he didn’t feel that the company should take a risk and join a community they have never made a game for before. Furthermore, he truly believes that the mobile market (in which Nintendo has released 3 games successfully) is a much better avenue to expand their brand:
“We believe that we can further expand our core integrated hardware-software business by providing our software on smart devices and increasing the number of consumers who experience our IP.”
While some may question Nintendo for not wanting to jump into PC gaming, it’s a lot of risk with potentially very little reward. Yes, their games would sell, but they would have to hire and train people to make games for PC. And if those games don’t sell well, they’ll take a hit. Plus, they’re rocking it both in the console world with the Switch, the handheld world with the 3DS, and the mobile market with titles like Pokemon Go, Fire Emblem Heroes and Super Mario Run. At this point in time, there’s just no need to go PC.