Nintendo Development GM Shigeru Miyamoto has questioned the benefits of digital distribution for game developers.
Though the dev pioneer acknowledged that digital distribution can offset certain costs – “packaging and things like that” – he claimed that “it’s not changing how much money [developers are] bringing in.”
In an interview with SiliconValley, Miyamoto said that digital delivery hadn’t shifted Nintendo’s focus.
“However, I think it creates a lot of opportunity for a lot of different developers,” he added.
“The thing for us is we really don’t see the future of video games being merely confined to digital distribution or moving solely or even to a majority of our products being distributed that way.”
The longstanding developer said that despite using digital platforms such as iTunes, he feels more “reassured” owning physical data.
“Entertainment is something that will not just become digital. If I look at Wii MotionPlus, this is something that you’re not doing via digital distribution,” he said.
Miyamoto regretted not being able to discuss some software projects Nintendo is working on with the Wii’s newest peripheral curiosity, the Wii Vitality Sensor, though assured that the company has “lots of very creative ideas” in the pipeline.
More can be found at SiliconValley.