It appears as though, with the death of former president Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s so-called ‘quality of life’ initiative is no longer a priority.
Reportedly, the whole ‘health’ push that Nintendo was poised to engage in is over. According to industry insider Lewis Ward and everyone’s favorite pundit Michael Pachter, the Quality of Life might have outlived its usefulness for Nintendo before it was ever ‘born’.
With the Vitality Sensor never reaching market (despite being announced for the Wii back in ’09), and the mysterious Quality of Life sensor missing this last E3, both men mentioned above think it’s a foregone conclusion that the whole thing is just going to fade away. Pachter adds though, that it seems likely that Nintendo will still pursue some kind of entry into the health care market, as they’ve always seen that “as an opportunity”.
So, there you go. We’ll find out for sure what the fate of the Quality of Life sensor will be soon enough, as March of next year is the supposed release date for it. At this point though, I’m inclined to agree that it seems like vaporware. There’s just been no mention of the hardware at all, and Nintendo has much bigger fish to fry now, with mobile gaming and the Nintendo NX to talk up at next year’s big shows.
Source: Games Industry