Platinum Vice President Hideki Kamiya has given his stamp of approval for the Nintendo Switch. But even though he’s a legendary game designer, Kamiya’s reason for loving the machine is is quite simple: he likes to play games while on the go, or when lying around the house.
Speaking to VGC, Kamiya said he hopes Nintendo sticks with the home console/handheld hybrid approach. “Personally, this is a very lifestyle-oriented preference for myself, but right now I feel it’s really difficult for me to actually ‘sit’ still in front of the TV and play games,” Kamiya said.
“For me, I lie down and play games in portable mode and I enjoy games that way, and that’s the biggest reason why I like the Nintendo Switch. Whenever the new hardware that Nintendo decides to launch next arrives, I personally do hope that they still have this portable element so that it can support my lifestyle of playing games as I lie down!”
Platinum has created multiple titles for Nintendo Switch, including Astral Chain and the upcoming Bayonetta 3. A handful of the studio’s other games have made their way to the platform, with Switch ports of Bayonetta 1 and 2, The Wonderful 101, and Nier: Automata.
Many gamers seemingly agree with Kamiya’s sentiments, as the Switch has been a smash hit since its release in March 2017. Right now, the Nintendo Switch currently sits in the top five best-selling game systems of all time, only trailing the 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 consistently said it has 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 it did when transitioning from Wii to Wii U, and DS to 3DS. Late last year, Furukawa confirmed at a Nintendo financial results Q&A that Nintendo was still discussing concept and timing for its next gen machine.
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For more, check out IGN’s interview with Kamiya from earlier this year, where the legendary designer shared stories of his entrance into the games industry and his love for retro games. Or, read our Bayonetta 3 impressions before the game hits Nintendo Switch later this month.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN covering video game and entertainment news. He has over six years of experience in the gaming industry with bylines at IGN, Nintendo Wire, Switch Player Magazine, and Lifewire. Find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.