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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Nintendo is working on a mysterious new “Quality of Life” product. Sound familiar?

That’s right, there have been countless rumors spreading and various patents emerging over the years regarding this product (or at least, something similar to this newly confirmed one). So, why should you believe it this time? Well, as far as reliable sources go, it doesn’t get more legitimate than Nintendo’s official documents.

In Nintendo’s 2020 annual report, the company briefly touches on the new project under the “Research and development activities” section: “Moreover, we are working on the development of a new product that improves people’s QOL (Quality of Life) in enjoyable ways.”

For those unaware, the goal of Quality of Life products is, as the name suggests, to improve the general well-being of users in various ways. For example, in late 2014, the late Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announced plans to make a non-wearable device that would track an individual’s quality of sleep, giving them a report when they wake up in the morning. Creating new QOL products seemed to be a passion project for Iwata for a while, but sadly, it seems these projects were never completed before his passing in 2015.

While there are currently no further details on what specifically this confirmed QOL product is or how it will benefit consumers, it’s fantastic to hear that Nintendo seems to be keeping Iwata’s dream alive. We’re definitely looking forward to hearing more, and we will keep you updated as new details surface!

Via: Vooks


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Written by Reece Heather

A lifelong Nintendo fan and a longtime editor at Zelda Universe, Reece will forever be grateful that he somehow dodged the Naughty List of Christmas 1998, when Santa delivered the life-changing gift of a Nintendo 64 with Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Mario Kart 64. When he's not playing games, Reece is usually reading Punisher comics, delving helplessly into the weirdest depths of anime and manga, or spending time with his cocker spaniel Gracie -- the goodest girl ever!