Post by Nester the Lark on Sept 14, 2015 13:03:25 GMT -5
Nintendo has announced that their new President and CEO is Tatsumi Kimishima. His official first day as president will be on September 16, and he has been elected for one year.
Kimishima was previously the President and CEO of Nintendo of America before Reggie and Iwata respectively took over those roles. He says he does not plan to change Iwata's basic strategies. Apparently he also predicted the failure of the Wii U, warning it was too similar to the original Wii.
Well, it's a new era for Nintendo. But Kimishima is already 65 years old, so this may just be a temporary solution.
Post by Nester the Lark on Dec 3, 2015 13:08:11 GMT -5
Time magazine has a good interview with Kimishima that clears up a few things:
- He actually never predicted the Wii U would be a failure. He simply said that convincing the people who already owned a Wii to move over to Wii U would be really difficult.
- He reiterates that the NX isn't meant to replace the Wii U, and that their "first job" is to make sure that the 10 million people who own a Wii U feel good about their purchase and have more games to play on it.
- NX is not an iteration of the Wii or Wii U, but something "unique and different." He adds, "It’s something where we have to move away from those platforms in order to make it something that will appeal to our consumer base."
- The Quality of Life initiative is still a thing.
- He does not know what the code name "NX" means or where it came from.
- Despite previous reports, he will not be Nintendo's president for only one year. It was a misunderstanding about how the annual shareholder's meeting simply reconfirms its board members every year.
There a bunch of other interesting stuff in the interview, also, so it's worth a look.
Post by nocturnal YL on Dec 4, 2015 13:28:44 GMT -5
Good to know that he does feel like a successor to Iwata indeed. For some reason, some people seem to think of him as a business suit who doesn't care about games or Nintendo.
If NX is meant to be different, the first step is to make sure it won't be called anything Wii related.
Given that the top execs are all quite old, I'm actually wondering what will happen to them after they finally have to retire. (Whatever they do, don't let Yamauchi's son take over if rumours surrounding him are true. Please.)
Post by nocturnal YL on Dec 4, 2015 15:51:30 GMT -5
Well, it's just some random post that's bound to raise some red flags (because since when can you trust magazines?), which is probably not true based on how it twists facts and mix them with some rather extreme views. Also, that post was kind of debunked.
Basically, the post said that the sales teams blamed Wii U's failure on Iwata's insistence on sticking to home consoles and failing to understand the market. It also mentioned distrust towards Iwata because he wasn't raised within Nintendo, and suggested that Yamauchi's son (himself a department head) take his place instead.
The rebuttal pointed out that Iwata's reasoning to stick to consoles made sense (phones simply don't have the power and hardware UI needed), the phone game business model means the income directly generated from it is ultimately trivial (you only get a few bucks per purchase), that seeing consoles rise and fall was something Yamauchi saw too, and quoted other analysts saying that even if their financial crisis continued, the company could easily last for 40 more years.
I don't know if any of these is true, but Yamauchi's son didn't become CEO and Nintendo generally continued going in the same direction as before, if that's any indication.
As far as I know, neither Katshito nor Banjo Yamauchi have any interest in running NCL. Even if they did though, both are essentially outsiders with no significant influence share wise. Right now it seems pretty apparent (at least to me) that Shinya Takahashi is being groomed as Kimishima's protege.
nocturnal YL: I'll be on a trip to Osaka between the 5th and the 12th. I still travel somewhat regularly, but it's been 4 years since I went to Japan in 2020 and 6 years since I went to Osaka specifically in 2018.
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nocturnal YL: Riviera: The Promised Land is getting a remaster on Switch. I was wondering what's happened to it after all those other Dept. Heaven games got Switch versions.
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nocturnal YL: I just found out that Atelier Ayesha DX has an out-of-bounds glitch, and it's very easy to get. That's the third game I've found something like that, after Meruru and Firis. There isn't much interesting to see, though. You just fall off and respawn.
Feb 15, 2024 12:42:55 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Almost at the end of Atelier Ayesha DX. Got everything in the base game, but the extras are incredibly difficult.
Feb 18, 2024 14:40:03 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I'm not sure if I have enough remaining time to prepare for the extra battles (large amounts of items are involved, and restocking takes time). If I can't do it, I'll just end my playthrough. I didn't miss any story contents as far as I know.
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nocturnal YL: The synthesis puzzles are fun and a bit difficult, and the time limit is quite tight. It generally feels close to Arland (but more complex). The story and UI aren't good in comparison, but this game is otherwise great. Comparable with Totori overall.
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nocturnal YL: Cool. Atelier Ayesha DX has a save data corruption glitch, and now I cannot even start the game.
Feb 20, 2024 12:46:12 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: It happened after I reached the ending. Something was off (the end credits did not show), and I looked around the Extra menu trying to launch it, and bam! Game crashed, and Launching the game now results in a black screen.
Feb 20, 2024 13:13:21 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: And I'm 100% sure it's save data corruption. Deleting the save data solved the problem, and restoring it would reinstate the issue.
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nocturnal YL: Ironically, I re-joined NSO to protect my Ciel nosurge DX save data, which ended up not needing it. I haven't closed my Atelier Ayesha DX session and have set my save data backup to fully manual. And it's this seemingly stable game that ended up failing.
Feb 20, 2024 13:46:19 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I hope you haven't lost too much.
Feb 20, 2024 15:15:25 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: That's the entire save file, about 70 hours of progress, possibly gone. I wrote to KOEI TECMO GAMES about that, but last time I told them about a Firis DX bug they replied "we could reproduce, but game is too old to reopen development", so I'm not hopeful.
Feb 20, 2024 15:23:25 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I almost 100% completed everything other than the original game's DLC or the Plus features too. Though I guess with better knowledge of the extra bosses, I'll be better prepared in a hypothetical 2nd run. Still prefer a proper New Game+ though.
Feb 20, 2024 15:28:16 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Wow, and after you put all that time into it. That would really sour my impression of a game. Do you plan to redo everything?
Feb 20, 2024 18:17:54 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I think I'll most likely move on for now. Maybe I'll get back to it in the future; I'm thinking about replaying everything in the series at some point (since a few games have second-playthrough-only bonuses), which might be years from now.
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Nester the Lark: I started the demo for Unicorn Overlord. I've barely gotten into it, but it's already VERY impressive!
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