Nintendo Wants More People to Enjoy the Switch’s Local Multiplayer and Portability

The Switch has been a big hit since launch. Nintendo has been pushing the system hard since it became clear that consumers are very interested. One reason why the Switch has done so well is due to its unique hybrid design. A big part of this design is the detachable Joy-Con controllers that can seamlessly transform to fit any situation: a single-player home experience, a portable gaming set-up or a quick local multiplayer match. Two Nintendo executives, Mr. Yoshiaki Koizumi and Shinya Takashi were both recently interviewed by Engadget where they expressed their thoughts on the Switch’s current performance and a few their hopes for the future.

Mr. Koizumi first commented on the detachable nature of the Switch joy-Cons. He also talked about the Big N’s relationship with other companies:

“[A] really exciting hardware feature of the Nintendo Switch is the fact that you can separate the controllers. his makes lots of new forms of play possible, and we’re currently researching a lot of different and interesting ideas. We’ve also seen many amazing and great ideas from our third-party development partners, as well as the Nindies community. You can quickly start playing with another person no matter where you are. “

Mr. Shinya Takashi addressed the stock issues that the Switch has been dealing with for the majority of the year. Things are a bit more balanced now, but more work still has to be done. Mr. Takahashi would like to see that. He’s also not sure if it’s totally okay to consider the Switch to be a true success since it’s still early:

“But that’s also why I feel that it is too early to talk about our success. Rather, I feel like we are still on the road to that success. We would like to see so many more people having these experiences, and I do believe that we can get there.”

“We’re trying to address this by increasing our supply. We want more people to have these kinds of experiences, so that’s what we have been working towards.

Go ahead and read Engadget’s article for the full report. In any case, I think that it’s great Nintendo is actively working to improve supply. Hopefully, things will continue to balance out.


A.K Rahming
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.