Platinum’s Kamiya hopes the next-gen Nintendo Switch will remain portable
Platinum Vice President Hideki Kamiya has stamped approval for the Nintendo Switch. But even though he’s a legendary game designer, Kamiya’s reason for loving the machine is pretty simple: he loves playing games on the go or lying around the house.
Talking to VGC, Kamiya said he hopes Nintendo will stick to the home/handheld console hybrid approach. “Personally, this is a very lifestyle-oriented hobby for me, but right now I find it really difficult to really ‘sit still’ in front of the TV and play games,” said Kamiya.
“For me, I lay down and play the game in portable mode and I like the game that way, and that’s the biggest reason why I like the Nintendo Switch. Whenever there’s new hardware that Nintendo decides I’m personally hoping that they still have this portable element so it can support my gaming lifestyle when I’m lying down!”
Platinum has created many titles for the Nintendo Switch, including Chain of souls and Bayonetta 3. Going forward, several more of the studio’s games are coming to the platform, with the Switch ports of Bayonetta 1 and 2, The Wonderful 101, and Nier: Automata.
Many gamers seem to agree with Kamiya’s point of view, as the Switch has been a huge success since its release in March 2017. Right now, the Nintendo Switch is currently in Top five best selling game systems of all timeonly behind PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, Game Boy / Game Boy Color and PlayStation 4.
We don’t know much about Nintendo’s next hardware, and Nintendo has repeatedly said they have there are no plans to release the long-rumored “Switch Pro” model. As for what’s next, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa said the company is working hard to avoid the same mistakes made when switching from Wii to Wii Uand DS to 3DS. Last year, Furukawa confirms at a Q&A Nintendo’s financial results that Nintendo is still discussing the concept and timing for its next-generation machine.
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For more see IGN’s interview with Kamiya from earlier this year, where the legendary designer shared stories of his entry into the game industry and his love of classic games. Or, read ours Bayonetta 3 impressions before the game hits the Nintendo Switch later this month.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN on video games and entertainment news. He has over six years of experience in the games industry with staff members at IGN, Nintendo Wire, Switch Player Magazine and Lifewire. Find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.