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In some ways, the Nintendo Switch may already provide one of the biggest benefits of cloud gaming – the ability to cast a game from a large TV onto a handheld device and take it wherever you go. But Nintendo does not claim that the capacity is enough to weather what could be a sea change in the way games are developed, played and sold.

When Nintendo executives were asked at this year’s annual shareholders meeting what they thought about cloud gaming, the idea that video games can be streamed from remote Internet servers rather than running on a local console, they admitted what Not only believes that technology will be part of the future, but that Nintendo “must also be maintained.”

Here’s the full quote from Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa, as translated by his own company:

While we don’t expect all games to become cloud games anytime soon, the technologies are definitely moving forward. We see a future where cloud and streaming technologies will increasingly develop as a means of delivering games to consumers. We must keep up with such changes in the environment. That said, if these changes increase the global gaming population, that will give us more opportunities with our integrated hardware and software development approach to reach people around the world with the unique entertainment that Nintendo can provide.

Nintendo Director Shigeru Miyamoto (creator of Mario, Zelda and Donkey Kong) agreed that “cloud gaming will become mainstream in the future,” but added that he does not believe the technology will necessarily replace consoles like the one. Switch.

“I have no doubt that there will continue to be games that are fun because they run locally and not in the cloud,” he said. “We believe it is important to continue to use these diverse technical environments to create unique entertainment that only Nintendo could have made.”

While Nintendo doesn’t have a cloud gaming service of its own like Google, Sony, and Microsoft, it has been quietly experimenting with the idea in Japan through partners. In fact, we spent some quality time with streaming games on the Switch earlier this year.

The Nintendo president also took a question about subscription services, the other big topic on this year’s E3 game show, and ended by suggesting that we might see more of them in the coming years. “It is Nintendo’s policy that we will consider whether each product we offer fits a subscription model as we expand our business in the future,” he said.