So Emily Rogers got an interview with former NoA exec, Dan Adelman, regarding his days at Nintendo of America and the problems that still plague Nintendo to this day.
A summary (thanks to GoNintendo):
1) Dan says some of the 3rd parties are right and that nobody buys 3rd party games on Nintendo platforms, so 3rd parties don't support Nintendo. Nintendo should money hat 3rd parties if they want 3rd party support. Nevermind that sometimes 3rd parties sabotage themselves on Nintendo platforms (hello Rayman Legends!).
2A) Bureaucracy inside Nintendo is the result as to why Nintendo is so slow to adapt to problems in the market. Changes are slow to occur as "If it ain't broke, why change/fix it?" If Nintendo is still making bank (even if it isn't to the quantity that Wii/DS brought in), why should they change? The culture can be summarized as Nintendo has too many advisers, not enough guys to pull the trigger on matters.
2B) Nobody wants to upend the tea table except to veto what they feel as bad ideas. Also some of the executives aren't video gamers and even Iwata doesn't have absolute say if an executive vetos something he wants to do.
So yeah firing Iwata won't fix Nintendo, people. since Iwata has to take his time to lay out plans to get people on board as if one person inside vetos something, nothing gets through. That includes obvious good changes like unified account systems NOT TIED TO HARDWARE.
So yeah 9 times out of 10, Nintendo will always play it safe because their culture is "status quo = good", "change = bad".
Be sure to read the full interview at the link above for more including regarding the Wii/DS days.
Edited by Ngamer01, 21 January 2015 - 12:00 PM.