Virtual Reality gaming has tapped the interest of Mark Zuckerberg and other big names in the industry but it was Nintendo that first recognized VR’s potential.
Back in 1995, Nintendo released it?s first VR named Virtual Boy. Unfortunately, it was not successful and became a flop. This may be the reason why Nintendo executive, Shigeru Miyamoto, who was the creator of Mario among others, wasn’t 100% interested to jump into the VR bandwagon this year.
In an exclusive interview with Time, Miyamoto talks about Nintendo’s plan when it comes to VR.
“As game designers, we at Nintendo are interested in VR technology and what it can do, but at the same time what we?re trying to do with Wii U is to create games for everyone in the living room. We want the Wii U to be a game system that brings video gamers into the living room,” Miyamoto said.
With his statement, Nintendo seems to be set more on person-to-person interactive play which is the ultimate goal of why the Wii U was made in the first place. It may be safe to assume that VR isn’t on top of Nintendo’s priority list.
Meanwhile, Facebook has its eyes on developing Oculus VR. The social network company purchased Oculus VR and paid $2 Billion back in March. According to Forbes, the gaming headset company recently bought Carbon Design, which was also responsible for designing the XBox 360 controller and other popular gaming accessories.
The Forbes report also stated that tech companies like Microsoft and Samsung, may soon launch their own virtual reality headsets and these will totally redefine the gaming experience landscape.
Nintendo will stick to their original plan for now. “There?s interest in the technology, but we think it might be better suited to some sort of attraction style of entertainment, say something at a video game arcade or things like that, rather than something that one person plays alone,” Miyamoto said in his chat with Time.
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