During a shareholders meeting, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima discussed the company’s stance on bringing games to PC. Over the past couple of years PC gaming has seen an increase in active users, mainly thanks to popular gaming platforms like Steam. In the meeting president Tatsumi Kimishima discussed how Nintendo’s recent moves into the mobile gaming differ from bringing mainline titles to PC.
“We are aware that many consumers play PC games. However, we believe that the integrated
hardware-software business is the best way for us to provide the surprises and new gameplay
experiences that we want to achieve. On the other hand, we offered three applications for smart
devices during the previous fiscal year, and, though the content and consumers playing the
applications were different, each one was received extremely favorably. Super Mario Run, for
example, achieved 150 million downloads worldwide, and consumers who had never played our
games before were able to experience our IP on their smart devices. 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.
Speaking of our integrated hardware-software business, E3 was held on June 13 through 15 in Los
Angeles. Mr. Miyamoto and Mr. Takahashi will explain our initiatives during the show.”