Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has clarified his personal stance on third-party developers during the company’s recent investors question and answer session. Iwata says that the Kyoto based company takes its own path and won’t give in to competitive approaches which include money giving for exclusives, which he says would never end. Iwata concluded by saying that Nintendo would like to take a unique approach of their own and build sustainable relationships with key third-party publishers.
“In terms of how we view our relationship with third-party publishers, I think it is natural that there is a difference between publishers who have the software development resources like Nintendo’s to build a software lineup of their own and publishers who do not. Since former President Yamauchi passed away, I have been considering what he taught us in the end, and his words that the worst thing we can do in entertainment is to follow what others are doing spoke directly to my heart. Following and imitating others is the kind of reasoning that Nintendo tries to avoid the most, and while we certainly do not have a negative attitude toward strengthening our ties with third-party publishers, employing the same methodology as the other manufacturers would only lead to the most simplistic competitive approaches, such as price wars or money-giving that would never end. We would like to take a unique approach of our own and build sustainable relationships with our third-party publishers.”