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Nintendo boss says that VR isn’t fun, “just tech”

by Ron Duwell | June 19, 2015June 19, 2015 2:30 pm PST

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Never say that Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime doesn’t mince words. He’s always been very blunt, and here’s a wonderful little quip that is sure to get under the skin of VR supporters.

Speaking with Polygon, Reggie puts a reason as to why Nintendo hasn’t followed in line with Sony and Microsoft in pursuit of virtual reality.

“What we believe is that, in order for this technology to move forward, you need to make it fun and you need to make it social. I haven’t walked the floor, so I can’t say in terms of what’s on the floor today, but at least based on what I’ve seen to date, it’s not fun, and it’s not social. It’s just tech.”

Strong words. I guess this confirms that the NX won’t have virtual reality?

I wouldn’t necessarily call him wrong. The few times I’ve played an Oculus Rift game didn’t prove to be “fun” in the traditional sense of a video game, more so along the lines of just “interesting.” It may be strong enough to one day match the thrill of losing yourself in good game design and art like in a Mega Man game, but it’s going to have to go through some growing pains. You know, like the NES and original PlayStation did when writing the rules of modern video games.

Dismissing VR if you don’t like it now isn’t very wise, but Sony and Microsoft are looking ahead 10-20 years into the future for when this does work. Nobody wants to play catch-up, and everybody wants to be ahead. This is a decent gamble on the future, and Nintendo sees itself as sticking to more traditional control schemes.

My guess is both will be a viable practice down the line because there is no way VR and traditionally styled video games are going to be existing on the same front.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...