Though we won't be hearing any additional details on the Nintendo Switch until early next year, it sounds like Team N is at least considering the possibility of VR gaming on the upcoming console. Could Mario VR be part of gaming's future?
As for the console itself, Nintendo has stated that more information on specs, pricing and launch titles will not be provided until mid-January of next year. Two months later, Nintendo's new console and whatever launch games they have planned will be in our hot little hands. While the recent Switch reveal video showed off games like Mario Kart, Skyrim, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Splatoon, only that latest Zelda game has been confirmed to actually appear on the console.
But while Nintendo certainly seems to be thinking about potential traditional games for the Switch, it looks like they're also kicking around the idea of virtual reality gaming, as noted in Kimishima's comment. With Oculus and Vive on PC and PlayStation's own VR headset doing very well in the living room, it makes sense that Kimishima would take heed. When asked about the possibility of VR in Nintendo's future, he said it's certainly an option.
So while Kimishima does not shoot down the idea of VR on the Switch, it sounds like there's potential for the technology on a Nintendo platform. We find it interesting that he mentions their games are typically played for extended periods of time, yet that fact never seemed to have an impact on developing the 3DS, a portable console with a main feature that probably should not be experienced for extended periods of time.
If there's one thing we know, though, it's that Nintendo likes to be creative and take advantage of interesting tech, and VR certainly fits that mold. But as their president points out, it will largely depend on the specs of the new console, which he isn't offering any hints about. There's no denying that the Switch is more powerful than the Wii U but, unless Nintendo is keeping some very good secrets or has another workaround planned, we're not placing bets yet on whether or not the Switch could even run VR.
As with all things related to Switch, though, we'll just have to wait and see.