Though Nintendo is known to be one of the biggest giants in gaming today, fans have been aware for a while that the company is very conservative when it comes to adapting to trends. Super Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto has taken the time to comment on these trends and expresses his thoughts on virtual reality gaming.
In an interview with Time, Miyamoto talks about his concern with VR gaming, and what he thinks of when he sees gamers using the tech. He says, "When I see people play virtual reality, it makes me worry, just as for example if a parent were to see their kid playing virtual reality, it would probably make them worry."
Seeing as Nintendo is known more for their family consoles, a VR setup wouldn't look so family-friendly. Consoles like the Wii and the upcoming Nintendo Switch are meant to be enjoyed with groups of people. A VR headset is usually meant for a singular person's enjoyment, and it doesn't seem economical to get one headset for each member of the family.
It may only be a matter of time before Miyamoto and his company chooses to embrace VR into their consoles since the tech is constantly being improved and developed. Soon enough, gamers may be able to get access to a completely wireless VR headset - but that tech is still far from what the current gen can achieve.
Some fans have been wondering whether Nintendo is ready to give up making consoles and just focus on making games for more popular platforms like the PS4 and Xbox One, but Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime remains adamant that the company should keep making innovations since Nintendo is always a pioneer when it comes to modern video games. Features like motion sensor gaming initially started with the Wii before other consoles started following suit.
It may be a while before Nintendo would choose to embrace VR, but for now, fans are excited about the release of the Nintendo Switch which is set to hit shelves on March 3.