The President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, has slammed the recent hype that claims digitial distribution will destroy bricks-and-mortar game retailers within five years.
The debate on whether digital distribution is a good or bad thing has been a hot talking point on our weekly LimitCast, and Iwata’s comments are sure to raise more than a few eyebrows in the gaming world.
Read on to hear what the Nintendo boss had to say on the matter.
“Most radical people even dare to say that retailers will be replaced by digital distribution in no time,” Iwata said. “But personally, I think it will still require a significant amount of time.”
“In other words, it will require many years and months for the majority of video game purchase to become digital. In short, in 20 years or so I might say it will have probably changed. But in 5 years or so, I do not totally agree with opinions that no one will purchase titles at retailers by then.”
Twenty years is quite a long time, especially when discussing gaming and technology. What are your thoughts on the way that digital distribution has skyrocketed over the past few years, and where do you think it will lead the gaming industry in the future?