When it comes to Nintendo and their philosophy on anything that revolves around some sort of online infrastructure, then it’s probably best that you take what anyone says with a pinch of salt. As fantastic as the Switch is, Nintendo’s online offering still leaves a lot to be desired. For starters, you can’t browse the internet, watch Netflix or even message your friends on the Switch. Nintendo has just always been stubborn when it comes to their online setup. Cloud gaming is now looming and with that Shigeru Miyamoto decided to give his opinion on it.
I think that cloud gaming will become more widespread in the future, but I have no doubt that there will continue to be games that are fun because they are running locally and not on the cloud.
It would be wise to remember that they tested their own cloud gaming infrastructure with Resident Evil VII in Japan. Seeing as the game was far too powerful to run on the Switch hardware, they worked with Capcom to stream the game to the Switch. This service never came to the West, so we think it’s good to say that they weren’t too impressed with it.
For now and the foreseeable future, it looks like Nintendo wants you to run your games locally and don’t see Google Stadia or Cloud X as much of a threat.