“No Clear Policy” on Remakes For Switch

Nintendo Co., Ltd. President Shuntaro Furukawa replied to an investor question at the recent Q&A about whether there’s an official policy to releasing past titles for Nintendo Switch saying that Nintendo “do not have a clear policy” regarding remakes etc but considers past titles to be a “valuable asset”. Full question and answer added below. Translated for Japanese Nintendo by BlackKite.

Q6: The sales for The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening which has been released for Nintendo Switch this period are favourable. The last period also saw the hit of Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee, which were based on Pocket Monsters: Pikachu (Pokémon Yellow). Regarding the point of favourable sales for turning titles released in past platforms into newly reborn games for Nintendo Switch, how are you analysing it? A title from the Famicom Detective Club series is also included in the upcoming release plans, so are you going towards a policy to keep on releasing popular titles in the past like this to Nintendo Switch?

A6 – Furukawa: Regarding the future, we do not have a clear policy such as keeping on releasing remake titles. On the other side, as we have continued the game console business for over 30 years, a lot of customers have played them and there are past titles that have remained in their minds; our company considers this to be a valuable asset. While nostalgia is a big appeal, providing new gaming experience and fun factors are more essential even with remake titles. What I think is extremely important above all is whether the developers who create them have the passion of “wanting to remake” or not. In a recent example – The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening which you have mentioned – I think it has been favourably valued by customers worldwide for its nostalgia and newness.

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