Nintendo is partnering with venture capital firm Scrum Ventures to try to find new startups and teams that work on more Switch accessories, according to a report from Bloomberg . One of the most interesting parts of Nintendo Switch is its modular nature, which makes it easy to connect new components to the console. Now, it seems that Nintendo is actively looking for new ideas to continue taking advantage of that.
As Bloomberg points out, the open search for new companies to work is not exactly a traditional Nintendo move, but since the Switch is already a non-traditional console for the company, a non-traditional approach may be the right way to continue the forward momentum that Nintendo has had so far. However, Nintendo has had successful alliances with companies like Niantic and DeNA to develop mobile apps for Android and iOS (including the massively popular Pokémon Go ), or the next partnership with Universal to develop a Mario movie and theme park.
Apparently, Scrum will work with teams to launch ideas to Nintendo in the fall, which will help bring them to market, although neither company will invest directly in the new companies. In addition, it is said that the focus is specifically on hardware innovations; Software ideas will not be considered.
The news comes when Nintendo is about to launch its own Switch hardware accessory on April 20: Nintendo Labo. Extend the switch with toys and homemade cardboard games, allowing players to use the portable console as a giant robot suit, a piano and more.