The president of Nintendo says the video game company will hold off on expanding into the metaverse until it can be sure that the medium will provide the "surprise and fun" its players expect.
- The comments by Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa were made during an earnings news conference Thursday, Reuters reported.
- This comes a week after another giant in the Japanese gaming industry, PlayStation creator Ken Kutaragi, came out against the metaverse, calling it “isolating” and VR (virtual reality) headsets “annoying”.
- Historically, Nintendo has been extremely protective of its intellectual property (IP) and prefers to keep it in-house rather than licensing it to third parties. On expanding Nintendo’s empire through licensing, Furukawa said: "It wouldn't be a plus to suddenly bring in people who don't have Nintendo's way of thinking."
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