Posted by: seanmalstrom | September 14, 2012
Email: In a way, it’s good that Nintendo is screwing up both their handhelds and home systems.
As you mentioned, they relied on the handhelds to support them screwing around with their home systems. If they got one system right this gen, they could try to yet again get away with screwing around with the other, and act as though being creative was still okay, similar to how American comics books have relied on merchandising and adaptations to avoid facing how pathetic actual comics sales are now, as long as they can just play around*.
This time, they have no such safety net. Stockholders will not let this stand. I don’t know what will happen, but unless Iwata is willing to do some major changes at the company, he will be forced to resign in favor of someone who will. Then what will happen to Miyamoto is uncertain. If his family finds their livelyhood is at stake, he’s not going to be able to get away with just resigning.
In short, I agree that Nintendo is definitely headed for a major shakeup.
* And why should they sell any better? What’s happening in the Spider-Man and X-Men comics is as big a betrayal of what they are as are Aonuma Zelda and Other M: crap being defended with “you just don’t understand what these series really are about”. Long story short, I feel about comics they way you do about video games… and I mostly share your views on video games anyway.
The buzz (bzzz bzzz bzzz) going around is that Reggie Fils-Aime is looking to jump ship not soon after the Wii U launch. This could just as well be wild speculation. But there has been much of his behavior that mimics other game company heads before they fly. He always sounds so defensive in interviews now. And I could not keep my eyes off him during the TVii presentation. He looked very depressed. Reggie reminds me of Sega’s Kalinske.If we’re tired of Nintendo’s BS, just imagine how it is for Reggie. The thing is that NCL blames Reggie before they blame their developers. If the 3DS is not selling, they blame Reggie and not the designer of the 3DS (which was Miyamoto) or the software makers. To this day, Miyamoto blames the failure on the Virtual Boy on Nintendo’s marketers and not on the product or the people behind it.It’s amazing that when the Nintendo product fails, the marketer is always to blame. But when the Nintendo product succeeds, the developers get all the credit.