Nintendo not currently pursuing cloud gaming

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Nintendo have no intention to invest in cloud gaming, as they don’t believe that it would currently grant any benefit to the products that the company creates.

“As for your remark about cloud gaming, I believe that there are games that have an affinity with cloud gaming and games that do not,” Iwata’s response to the investor’s question began.

“Of course, we constantly pay attention to the advances and changes in cloud gaming technology and Internet infrastructure.

“On the other hand, I don’t think that our games, particularly the types that have strict requirements in terms of real-time responsiveness, can offer high-quality services using cloud gaming technology because of unavoidable network latency, which I mentioned last time.”

Whilst not an area in which Nintendo are looking to invest, Iwata was keen to reaffirm that the company is always keeping track of where technology appears to be leading itself.

He continued, “We will of course continue to see how this technology develops, but in order to decide whether cloud gaming is something that we should be interested in, we will need to closely follow the changes in technology and also the business environment.

“However, at this point in time, I do not think that acquiring a cloud gaming company will in any way improve our performance, so we are not moving in that direction.”

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After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.

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