In the near future, we will be able to see Nintendo’s new exploits in the AR field, perhaps either on the company’s portable set-top box or on a mobile device.
Speaking in a recent interview with Nikkei (TweakTown reports), Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa said that AR is “one of the many aspects that interest” the company.
“Our hardware development teams evaluate all kinds of new technologies currently available and consult with our software developers. If they decide that technology can be used with the game, then they will use it. We will not change this fundamental approach, continuing to move forward, ”says Furukawa.
He later added:
“As for AR, this is definitely one of the many aspects that interest us. We are currently exploring how we can use this technology. ”
Of course, Nintendo already has its own story with AR. The company’s latest portable device, 3DS, came with a set of position maps used for new VR experiences, such as viewing virtual statues of popular characters. Of course, AR technology has improved since then, which means that the time has come for new developments.
There is also a small mobile AR game called Pokemon Go. Of course, the creator of Pokemon is not Nintendo itself, but it is still one of the most popular AR applications of recent years. We cannot help but wonder if the future of AR Nintendo is more connected with mobile devices than with a portable set-top box.
No matter what Nintendo is working on in AR, we hope that she will ultimately prove more successful than her recent attempts to enter VR. Labo VR for Switch offers a fun enough DIY experience, but the extra VR support for games like Super Smash Bros Ultimate and The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild ended up being a bit of a total failure.