Iwata vows Nintendo IPs won’t go multi-platform
If you’re expecting Mario, Zelda, or even Donkey Kong to appear on a console that isn’t owned by Nintendo, you will be sorely disappointed.
With several fans crying out for the company to release their cherished IPs on other consoles, Nintendo’s president, Satoru Iwata, stated that doing so would only be a short-term solution.
Said Mr. Iwata, “If I was to take responsibility for the company for just the next one or two years, and if I was not concerned about the long-term future of Nintendo at all, it might make sense for us to provide our important franchises for other platforms, and then we might be able to gain some short-term profit. However, I’m really responsible for the long-term future of Nintendo as well, so I would never think about providing our precious resources for other platforms at all.”
He went on to add that, “What I believe is that Nintendo is a very unique company, because it does its business by designing and introducing people to hardware and software – by integrating them, we can be unique. And because we have hardware and software developers in the same building, they stimulate each other. And those kinds of conditions have enabled us to create something that no other companies can create. Those kinds of backgrounds are there behind the fact that such a number of great Nintendo franchises exist, and those great franchises always shine for people around the world.”
Is Mr. Iwata correct about a move being only a short-term solution?