Is Nintendo Really Interested in NFTs and the Metaverse?
In the last few years, NFTs and the metaverse have become hot topics online. Indeed, these topics (along with the ‘web 3.0’ stuff in general) have become a huge dividing factor for the games industry and internet as a whole, with as many companies and creators jumping on board as people criticising the very ideas to begin with.
Yet despite this, one company has always stayed away from the madness. Namely, Nintendo.
Indeed, while the likes of Ubisoft and Konami have gone full tilt into the NFT hype and Activision has discussed the use of the metaverse in future games, Nintendo has generally stayed quiet on the whole affair.
Or at least, they did til recently, when they were asked about the topic in an investor Q&A. Here’s what they had to say on the matter, courtesy of business analyst David Gibson:
Q) How think about metaverse and NFT?
A) We do have interest in this area, we feel the potential in this area, but we wonder what joy we can provide in this area and this is difficult to define right now (hey Facebook etc take note!!) 8/
— David Gibson (@gibbogame) February 3, 2022
It’s a vague response for sure, and one that’s led to a lot of talk about Nintendo being interested in NFTs and the metaverse.
But is this really the case? Does this answer actually indicate the company is interested in these concepts?
To be honest, not really. The answer is as vague as all get out, and basically says “we’d use the metaverse if there was a reason to use it”. That could be a next year thing, it could be a next few decades thing, or it might never happen. You just can’t tell.
And considering this is Nintendo here… Well you can almost guarantee it’ll be the slower option. Nintendo never rushes into new technology, it’s basically antithetical to their company philosophy. You can see this with HD graphics, online multiplayer, DLC, mobile games… basically everything other companies were doing for the last few decades ago.
So Nintendo is always years or decades behind the curve here, and neither NFTs nor Metaverse aren’t going to change that.
But what do you think? Does Nintendo’s statement indicate an interest in NFTs and the Metaverse? When do you see these things being implemented in Nintendo games, if ever?
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