Nintendo: Nintendo President Says His Comments On Mobile Gaming Were Misinterpreted By Media

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata believes his comments at this years GDC conference were misinterpreted by the media.

Satoru Iwata told the audience at his GDC Keynote which was titled “Video Games Turn 25: A Historical Perspective and Vision for the Future” that he believed that cheap and disposable mobile gaming is going to destroy the industry. However according to Iwata his words were misinterpreted by news publications.

First of all, regarding my presentation at GDC, we have posted my entire keynote speech on our websites, but I am very disappointed with one thing.”

“Many reports said that I talked about a conflict between the quantity and the quality of video games, which made me think that reporters should have at least written an article after reading through the full text of presentation since we have posted the Japanese translations of the entire keynote speech. I have never mentioned the conflict between quantity and quality at all. Some articles based on this misperception even said, ‘Nintendo hard hit by video games for smartphones and social games, and criticized them as low quality’ but, again, I have never said such a thing at all.”

“The only message that I had hoped to convey at GDC was , since my keynote speech was dedicated to the game developers, that, without carefully trying to preserve the value of the games we develop, the digital distribution revolution could very easily depreciate their value, which might make all of us have a hard time.”

“Naturally there are both high-quality games and low-quality games in the traditional video game business that we have long engaged in. It is obvious that some games are fun and others are boring. As there is no accunting for tastes, I cannot say that all of the games Nintendo has released are definitely considered to be high-quality to everyone, and nor did I intend to refer to the quality of games by other developres. At the same time, however, I am reflecting on how I made my presentation, which was eventually summarized by some as if I had argued a conflict between quantity and quality.”

“What I wanted to argue most was that video game developers need to be careful about ‘preserving the value of video games’ so that the video game industry, regarded as valuable by many people, can be sustainable. This is the message I was eager to deliver. Since GDC is just a place for developers who create games, I dared to do that there even though there was a chance that some people might have a misunderstanding.”

“I sincerely hope that you will read my presentation on the website again and understand that it is a story about how to preserve the value of video games, not about a conflict between quantity and quality of video games.”

– Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata



  1. I’ve understood that the whole time, just the jackwagon at rovio hasn’t a clue!

  2. Ok.. Iwata, my respects. In other hands, i must agree that many developers have been playing bad with Nintendo and Wii, making multiconsole games in the Wii and Nintendo without love, like, just to make it. There’s no effort in them, they look cheap and bad, buggy and all… Why? Because of the developers, not because of such a great system like the Wii. They are playing dirty with Nintendo, and i guess that’s what Iwata was talking about.

  3. Everyone understands, just the jackasses that run rovio will never listen. I won’t support developers that boost thier ego by calling out on the video game founders like nintendo.

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