Back in 2014 Nintendo made the announcement that they were working on a new "Quality of Life" platform for people looking to improve their health. Eventually, it was revealed the platform was, specifically, a device that would monitor your sleeping patterns and help users develop better sleep habits. Needless to say, the concept is about as far from a traditional video game as you can get.
In 2014, former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata pitched the Quality of Life sleep device as a major cornerstone of Nintendo's business going forward, but since then the company has branched into other areas, such as mobile gaming and theme park attractions. Add the success of the Nintendo Switch, and it would be understandable if The Big N decided to not bother with the sleep machine thing. It may have seemed like a promising idea during the lean Wii U years, but who needs it now?
Well, according to Nintendo's annual fiscal report, the Quality of Life project is still very much a go:
"Moreover, we are working on the development of a new product that improves people's QOL (Quality of Life) in enjoyable ways. Our aim is to enable consumers to make daily efforts to improve their QOL in a fun manner by making sleep and fatigue status visible and offering various services based on this information."
Based on what Nintendo's said previously, the Quality of Life device, which is about the size of a small book and kept by the bedside, would monitor your sleeping patterns without any direct input from users required. The device would interact with mobile devices and collect and analyze data via cloud technology, which would be a first for Nintendo.
As somebody who a) loves Nintendo stuff, and b) often has a terrible time getting to sleep, I was actually pretty excited for the Nintendo Sleepy-Time Snooze System. Hopefully it comes to fruition someday.
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