However, until it meets Nintendo’s standards of fun, it’s not something the company will push out.
Nintendo has previously discussed VR, but the truth of the matter is, the company right now does not have any VR product on the market, nor does it have any announced plans for the medium. Given how Nintendo trailblazed and pioneered 3D gaming back in the 1990s, those who may have expected and hoped for them doing the same thing with VR now are probably a bit let down.
But, speaking at the Geekwire Summit, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said (via Ars Technica) that Nintendo is constantly experimenting with VR, and it is technology that it is looking into. However, he admitted that until it meets Nintendo’s standards of fun, it’s not something the company will push out.
“This is something we constantly think about, experiment with,” he said, right after pointing out Nintendo’s previous sojourns with VR and AR (such as the Virtual Boy and the Nintendo 3DS). “For virtual reality, we’ve said: it’s tech that we’re looking at, but in the end it has to be fun. That’s our mission, and that is what we do arguably better than anyone else. We have nothing to announce here on this stage. These are going to be technologies that we’ll continue to experiment with. There are new experiences we want to bring to life.”
Given that the last time Nintendo pushed out a concept before it was ready got us the Wii U, I think I am fine with them taking their time on VR. It’s not like we have a shortage of great VR games to play right now either.