The deeper we get into videogames as an industry, the longer it takes for games to come out. When you’re talking about AAA titles, it’s not uncommon nowadays to wait 6, 7, 8 years or more. Nintendo knows this is a problem and they’re looking to remedy things.

Nintendo just held their 84th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, and with it came a question and answer session. One of the questions pertained to lengthy development periods for games and how Nintendo plans to grapple with things going forward.

Nintendo started off by recognizing that game development is indeed taking longer and become more complex. Nintendo has been expanding their teams and development resources in an effort to combat that. That said, Nintendo also recognizes that these lengthening times are unavoidable to a degree.

In particular, Nintendo’s Shinya Takahashi and Takashi Tezuka talked about having interest in crafting games that don’t take near decades to make. Takahashi stated that he wants to make “fun and entertaining” games in a shorter period of time, and Tezuka says he’s interested in creating short-term titles.

UPDATE: We now have the official English translation of Nintendo’s response to this question, and you can read it in full below.


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