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maverick40 said:

The Nintendo Direct was not surprising in the slightest. Wow, a cross over game we know next to nothing of. By the sounds of it will be a niche SRPG that will not be a hardware seller which Nintendo needs btw. What it did show was the lack of 3rd party support the Wii U has but hoepfully that will improve.


Just because the game does not appeal to you means that there is no third party support. As of right now, the Wii U has 6 exclusive third party titles, obviously there could be more but it's only been few months. Besides that Nintendo Direct was ment for games that Nintendo was working on and Iwata said that they would show more third party stuff later on.   



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RolStoppable said:
The way I see it, the problem is that Iwata is a too nice guy. He doesn't strike me as the type that pounds his fist on the table and tells his developers to do as he says or otherwise they'll have to look for a new job.


They might send some developers running away from Nintendo.



noname2200 said:
I tend to agree, but that would still mean he's the wrong man for the job, no?

If he doesn't change, then yes, he's the wrong man for the job. But most of the things he did are right, it's just that not keeping the developers in check creates a snowball effect. It alters Nintendo's software output which impacts sales negatively.

The big question is who should run Nintendo as a company, if Iwata were to step down? Someone who is already inside Nintendo might not bring any significant changes. Someone from the outside might make the crazy decision to put Nintendo games on smartphones. Like you said, Nintendo could be managed better. But it also could be a lot worse.



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DanneSandin said:
Where does he hint that?


i dont understand where he hints at that either



I like Iwata. He does really good presentations, and like people say, he just appears as a stand-up, honest guy. I really appreciate that in him. I hope he doesn't leave.

I don't like Reggie though. He just comes across as a buffoon to me.



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I find it hard to believe that Nintendo/Iwata would get rid of him/himself after he gave Nintendo the Wii and DS. Someone other than Iwata needs to go...



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NintendoPie said:
I find it hard to believe that Nintendo/Iwata would get rid of him/himself after he gave Nintendo the Wii and DS. Someone other than Iwata needs to go...


I think they need to review their marketing team. Also, Reggie's effect has been declining over the years. His presentations at E3 have been really bad the last 4-5 years. Although he may not be the only one to blame, they do need to get more dynamic and creative in the way they present their products.

 

I don't think Iwata should go. But he'll have to shake up his management teams.



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Passed accomplishments are passed. In the tech world if you do not innovate fast enough you die. He had a great run but if the wii u does not improve it does not matter.

In business, if the company slows down in growth or in profit usually there will be some changes in upper management.



Hynad said:
NintendoPie said:
I find it hard to believe that Nintendo/Iwata would get rid of him/himself after he gave Nintendo the Wii and DS. Someone other than Iwata needs to go...


I think they need to review their marketing team. Also, Reggie's effect has been declining over the years. His presentations at E3 have been really bad the last 4-5 years. Although he may not be the only one to blame, they do need to get more dynamic and creative in the way they present their products.

I agree. Reggie has been somewhat awkward on stage recently. Especially when he talked to that one Ubisoft guy last year... *shutters*

But I don't know if that is entirely Reggie's fault. Reggie seems to be quite popular among people. Especially with Memes.



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I like the guy, he's personable. But that doesn't mean he's getting results, and under him Nintendo has developed several disturbing trademarks

- Basically have alienated themselves from the Western development community whereas once they worked with the likes of Factor 5, Rare, Silicon Knights, DMA Design (now Rockstar), Paradigm, Left Field, etc. Kept Retro on such a tight leash that they haven't been able to work on multiple projects until now and that frustrated much of the original Metroid Prime team that most of them left.

- Squandered most of the momentum the Wii brand had but letting the system rot for basically 2 years.

- Still couldn't launch the 3DS or Wii U properly despite not supporting the Wii for years and basically even coasting on the DS. What exactly were you doing Nintendo?

- Still refuse to invest in making a big-quality core IP themselves. The Wii U should've launched with one. Instead they banked on Black Ops and Assassins Creed ports. Result? The sales numbers speak for themselves. If Sony can invest and stick with a franchise like Uncharted, Nintendo doesn't have an excuse.

- Becoming creativity stifled. Now that the casual bubble has burst, Nintendo is scrambling and overusing Mario to the point of franchise fatigue, which is a huge mistake. Where are the new ideas? Why does every game aimed at a broad audience have to fit into the tired "mini-game" formula?

- Designed the Wii U basically entirely around the tastes of Japan and the system isn't even selling all that great in Japan and doing (proportionately) worse in the West. Completely horrid in Europe.

- I suspect they are also over engineering their hardware with too many proprietary parts, the 3DS and Wii U are hardly performance monsters, yet they cost a lot to manufacture, its unacceptable. A $350 needs to pack more under the hood even with a fairly low quality 6 inch screen on the controller.