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.
Nester the Lark: Speaking of the song "Reincarnation," perhaps it might have sounded something like this if the game had gotten an English dub.
Jan 26, 2021 10:25:09 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: According to Nintendo's IR calendar, they're going to release their financial information up to December 2020 on 1 Feb. Switch sales (68.30 mil at Sep 2020) may very well surpass that of the 3DS (75.94 mil), but how will it compare to the GBA (81.51 mil)?
Jan 31, 2021 12:10:02 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: It's closer to the GBA sales than I thought. Switch hardware sales up to December 2020 is 79.87 mil, while I expected about 78 mil.
Feb 1, 2021 8:07:53 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Also, while they stopped counting 3DS and Wii U hardware sales, software went up from 385.12 mil to 385.85 mil and 103.27 mil to 103.31 mil. Switch software sales went from 456.49 mil to 532.34 mil, surpassing that of NES and Game Boy.
Feb 1, 2021 8:09:41 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: So now that I have a capture device, I've been looking at my games and tried to figure out the resolution and frame rate they run at. Trials Rising is 540p30, Project DIVA Mega Mix has the UI at 720p60 and the simpler, single-singer PVs run at 540p60…?
Feb 6, 2021 11:42:34 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: All the Atelier games I've seen so far (Arland 1-4) run at 1080p30, which is a bit surprising as I expected a lower resolution for Lulua. Void Terrarium and Puyo Puyo Tetris 1 and 2 all run at 1080p60. PPT1 also ran at 1080p60 on Wii U, so no surprise.
Feb 6, 2021 11:45:41 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: ↑ In Atelier Lulua, the system UI and even some parts with 3D models (like the synthesis screen) run at full 1080p at 60 fps. That's a huge leap from the previous two games in the series. World map runs at 30 fps though, despite not being intensive.
Feb 8, 2021 11:13:44 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Rune Factory 4 Special runs at 720p60. Fire Emblem Three Houses is a weird case; it looks like 900p30 to me, but because of the way the edge of the models are drawn, the graphics end up looking very ugly.
Feb 8, 2021 11:15:06 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I've been doing the same thing I do every time I consider getting Smash Ultimate: playing Smash for Wii U. It turns out there are still plenty of people playing it online. Makes me curious about Splatoon 1.
Feb 20, 2021 10:08:42 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: The online also worked better than I remember. Maybe because there are fewer people...?
Feb 20, 2021 10:10:09 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: My skill curve in Smash Bros seems to be the opposite of other games: the more I play, the worse I get.
Feb 23, 2021 17:28:27 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: TIL I had not yet unlocked all the stages in Smash for Wii U. Just unlocked the last one today, six years after getting the game.
Feb 24, 2021 18:35:31 GMT -5