Nintendo Switch Realizes Nintendo’s 127-Year Saga Which Started From Playing Cards

By Danny Smith , Updated Feb 17, 2017 08:18 AM EST
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Yoshiaki Koizumi explains the idea that led to Nintendo Switch using Nintendo-themed playing cards. The 48-year old deputy manager of Nintendo says that the secret behind Nintendo's innovation is not necessarily about technology at all.

Wired reports that the upcoming launch of Nintendo Switch on March 3 is an attempt to realize Nintendo's purpose when it was first founded 127 years ago. In order to understand the idea behind the game giant's latest console, Yoshiaki Koizumi looks back to September 1889 when Nintendo was founded and to make playing cards.

As the deputy general manager of Nintendo's entertainment planning and development division, Koizumi has been one of the leading influences behind the Switch. The Nintendo executive describes playing cards as something enjoyed eye-to-eye with another person. He adds that card games had simple rules which people of all ages enjoy playing together. The idea was to come up with a substitute for the cards and hence, Nintendo Switch was born.

Koizumi explains that Nintendo's philosophy for making games has always been low-tech. He describes Nintendo's approach to game development by going back to the playing cards. Nintendo wanted to come up with something that people can play anytime, anywhere and with anyone.

Many gamers agree by pointing out that the unique quirks of Nintendo games make them stand out. Nintendo games have always had an intangible brilliance, a happy knack that comes from a Nintendo heritage. And for Takahashi who spent his life building on that heritage, the feeling of pride is clear

Meanwhile, Mirror reports how the internet recently went into a meltdown as one of the members of a game forum claimed to receive a Nintendo Switch unit 2 weeks before its scheduled launch. Many remained doubtful initially, but user Hiphoptherobot confirms claim after posting a video of the Switch's UI.

Nintendo has carefully controlled publicity access to Nintendo before its official launch. And gamers all over the world can't wait until the set date.

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