Iwata's approval with investors has taken a big hit from the previous investors' meeting:
A) He currently has a 77% approval rating.
B) He's the only executive to have an approval rating of under 90% this year.
C) 2012's approval rating was 90.6%.
D) Iwata's peak approval rating was as high as 96% at one point.
Are Iwata's days numbered as Nintendo's world-wide leader? And if Iwata goes, who will take his place and will they continue what Iwata did or do something radical?
Iwata is criticized for:
1) Botching the 3DS and Wii U launches and still letting the 3DS and Wii U markets in America and Europe be weak.
2) Letting the original Wii die with a wimper during the last two years of it's life even though some of Nintendo's problems are due to 3rd party executive meddling (which is still occurring with Wii U).
3) Not ordering "future-proof" systems being built.
>> If they did that for Wii U in the first place, they'd lose out on new money when spinning out a new Wii U hardware revision eventually from now. You know there's gonna be a hardware revision for Wii U which will cut Wii backwards support (Wii Mode mainly).
>> If Nintendo had future-proofed the Wii U with good PC architecture a la Xbone and PS4, we would have been looking at a $500 dollar Wii U which Sony and Microsoft could have loved to undercut by going with slightly weaker PC architecture, but not to the point in which they risk being denied exclusives/multiplats. Then Nintendo would have been screwed being the "PS3" of the early 8th gen.
4) Not marketing the Wii U well. 3rd parties are again part of the problem. They need to help Nintendo market the Wii U too by providing sufficient, GOOD games, but doing things to sabotage the Wii U is not how you build a Wii U install base.
5) Not having Nintendo abandon it's platforms and going 3rd party even on mobile games. There are two problems with this:
>> If Nintendo went 3rd party, all Nintendo would make then is frequent Marios, Zeldas, and Pokemon games. All other non-AAA franchises like Kirby, Metroid, F-Zero, etc. would die since they are NICHE games. Plus for Nintendo to even compete, they may have to actually make games in genres that are overdone like FPSs. FPSs, the last great genre fad in the industry, is on the decline. If Nintendo goes out, say hello to The Second Great Video Game Crash as nobody will make unique games anymore and people will get sick of what's available and stop buying games.
>> Going 3rd party in mobile gaming would even be worse. Many of Nintendo's IPs just doesn't work for mobile platforms. Also mobile gaming is suffering from the same problems Atari had before The Great Video Game Crash of 1983 (too many shit games and little quality control).
It's getting old seeing so many people just look at the short picture/only in it for fast money. Take if Iwata should suddenly step down or get fired. Whoever will take up the helm will continue the Nintendo tradition. Nintendo has had a history of grooming their workers to continue what makes Nintendo, Nintendo long after the seniors/execs leave the company. I chuckle at people thinking a new person will suddenly make Nintendo into Sony/Microsoft/Apple Jr. as that will help KILL THE INDUSTRY.
Edited by Ngamer01, 01 July 2013 - 02:28 PM.