Nintendo President Re-Elected As Wii U Sales Rise

Satoru Iwata re-elected to board of directors during annual shareholder meeting.

During Nintendo's annual shareholder meeting overnight, the company re-elected Nintendo president Satoru Iwata to the board of directors. Iwata was not physically present at the meeting, as he's still recovering from a recent surgery that also kept him from attending E3 this month.

The proposal to re-elect Iwata and nine others was approved as originally proposed. In addition to Iwata, iconic Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto, along with Genyo Takeda, Tatsumi Kimishima, Shigeyuki Takahashi, Satoshi Yamato, Susumu Tanaka, Shinya Takahashi, and Hirokazu Shinshi, were re-elected. One additional candidate, Naoki Mizutani, was elected.

Iwata's leadership of Nintendo has not been universally adored, and it's been suggested by some that his job was at risk following Nintendo's third straight annual financial loss this year. At the time, Iwata apologized for the poor performance, but said it did not mean he'd have to leave the company.

Since then, Wii U hardware sales have been on the rise. Marquee first-party racing game Mario Kart 8 launched in late May, selling 2 million units in under a month, and helping hardware sales overall jump by a significant margin, according to Nintendo. Officially, the Wii U has sold 6.17 million units, but that figure is only accurate up to March 31, before Mario Kart 8's release.

Nintendo has a number of other high-profile projects in the works, including Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, a toys-to-life initiative called amiibo, and a brand-new Legend of Zelda game launching for Wii U in 2015.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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RabidBurp
RabidBurp

Nintendo's first party titles are true juggernauts. With Super Smash Bros, Splatoon, and 2 new Zelda games on the way, it doesn't seem like Nintendo is really in dire need of 3rd party support like so many people seem to think.

NewFnShow
NewFnShow

Mario Kart would havce sold systems with or without Iwata, so it's by the grace of God that he remains employed. Smash Bros. and Zelda will ensure he keeps his cushy gig for a couple of more years at least.

advocacy
advocacy

Mario Kart 8 made me want to buy a Wii U.  Stupendous!

Stepn2myworld
Stepn2myworld

There is only one way to consistently sell consoles beyond novelty. Making great games for it or get somebody else do so.

Vodoo
Vodoo

Was that 2 million in the US, or is that world-wide? Because if it's just the US then it's pretty impressive. If it's world-wide then not so much.


Iwata totally planned a big release right before elections were taking place to secure his job. This guy is stuck in the 80's and refuses to think globally.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

This is bad news for Nintendo. Iwata has no vision or forward thinking. He's riding on the the brief success of Mario Kart. What happens when that fire goes out? I submit more HQ closures, less Wii and Wii-U support and a sheepish Iwata Pointing at an old sales chart of Mario Kart 8....

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

My god Nintendo shareholder standards are ridiculously low!

veryDERPY
veryDERPY

i think mario was selling the systems. not so much of iwatas management

juiceman4519
juiceman4519

It's great that Nintendo is on the up and up right now, but I can't help but feel that if Nintendo tried to appeal to the older core gamer audience more that they would be in a better position. All their advertisements are geared towards children and children don't buy games and consoles adults do. Almost everyone I know thinks the Wii U is a kids system and they only mention X1 and PS4 when discussing games and the casuals will always flock to whatever is popular.

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

Yeah, as if there was a chance that wouldn't happen.

At least clueless analysts got the hint after the stock buyback and they've shut up since then.

Martyr77
Martyr77

I have been debating whether to buy a Wii U or not. The only game I want currently is Shovel Knight lol. Hyrule Warriors and Zelda coming up will be good I hope. I don't really like Mario games though so still undecided. There just isn't too much at the moment.

Keaze_
Keaze_

If the next Zelda is good and back to the Ocarina and Twilight Princess roots, I'm jumping on the U waggon, and will be able to enjoy Bayonetta 2, Smash Bros U, MK 8, etc.  I'm sure my wife will find stuff for herself too.

I don't care much for Nintendo's games, but have always been rooting for them.  They don't scheme or manipulate. So that will make 2 consoles and a PC for this generation.

On another note, I'm really curious to know who and WHY people would buy a XONE.  I don't see a single valid reason.  Anyone care to enlighten me?

AXE325XXEXE
AXE325XXEXE

It's a very dark day for Nintendo supports, let's see if the shareholders did make the right choice, they made their bed, now they will have to see on it.  It's very unfortunate, and indeed this is the darkest day in Nintendo's history.  Good luck to them....:(

MATERAZZI_23
MATERAZZI_23

None of the shareholders suggested seppuku...?

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

Ride the momentum Nintendo. You gotta keep it up. If you do you'll see Wii U having trouble staying on the shelves. Start making those MK8 bundles already!

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

All the reelects are men. What a load of crap.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Yeah, that's why Nintendo comes in last every generation...because it keeps recycling tired mascots. Get a clue.

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

@NewFnShow Contrary to other company presidents Iwata is an actual engineer, worst thing that can happen is him chilling in the board of directors along with Miyamoto.

dniv
dniv

@Gravity_Slave You're wrong, by the way. If you had seen everything from E3 for 2014/2015 you'd strongly disagree, and if you have then shame on you for being superficial yet again.

Twilord
Twilord

@Martyr77 Pikmin is awesome, and you should give Xenoblade Chronicles X a look! Also Splatoon looks pretty stellar. - Also Bayonetta, Fatal Frame, and Fire-Emblem X Shin-Megami-Tensei could be fun.

jts1891
jts1891

@Keaze_ I haven't bought a PS4, X1, or a Wii U yet but as I've considered all three and there are several reasons to consider buying an X1. For me, I prefer the Xbox's controller and UI compared to the PS4. Plus, you've got the games. Halo, Gears of War, and new IP's like Quantum Break and Scalebound.

Immortallix
Immortallix

@Keaze_ if anything its gunna be a 3d version of the very first Zelda, in terms of gameplay style. More open world, & Eiji said it will challenge more conventions of the series, which I think is great. 

3D Zelda's in my opinion have become too formulaic and this Zelda Wii U title has my interest right now.

darkmoney52
darkmoney52

@Keaze_ Well it's not enough reason for me to pick it up yet, but I'm a big fan of Crackdown, and I'm sure the new Halo will be pretty good as well. I don't think the PS4 has a lot going for it either other than Bloodborne. Honestly this gen I'm probably sticking to PC and WiiU

lostn
lostn

@Keaze_ The art style should tell you it's not going back to those roots.

noncasualgamer
noncasualgamer

I don't see why ANYONE would buy a ps4. XOne at least offers other features. Both have no games.

Martyr77
Martyr77

@Keaze_  There really isn't a good reason to buy an X bone.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Lol no, they probably had Lucy Lu jump on the table and cut the head off of an opposing board member ala' Kill Bill

darkmoney52
darkmoney52

@bunchanumbers Ha, I think someone is maybe a little overly optimistic. Hopefully Smash Bros helps them to secure an at least somewhat successful console.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Because it's japan genius. It's a patriarchal country. Look it up.

Zombrex
Zombrex

@BlueFlameBat Re-elects...meaning they were already there once before. If there weren't any women there before then how would they be re-elected?

boredmad
boredmad

@chev0948 Genesis had a better CPU, but in every other respect its hardware was inferior to the SNES. SNES had better 2D graphics capabilities and better sound technology. It was also the prime time for secondary chips within carts an area Nintendo was significantly more successful with and it shows with regards to the more graphically impressive games on the system.

Zombrex
Zombrex

@chev0948 Ummm...SNES was 32 bit and Genesis was 16 bit. I think you got it backwards. I didn't even have to google anything to know that.

ninja-jason51
ninja-jason51

@Gravity_Slave  There is nothing wrong with recycling Mascots, they should also do it more often, by making a new Kirby air rider game or Mario sunshine 2, also be interested in a new star fox adventure game and of course a Metroid game. If all these games came out I would buy each one. By the way Nintendo came in first last gen.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Lol Iwata didn't even make E3. What was at E3 for Nintendo was the same tired and recycled garbage they are known for. So please don't drop E3 at me as if to make a point on Nintendos behalf. They failed. Period. Go back to playing that glorified Leapfrog you call a Wii U...you brainwashed twit.

Vodoo
Vodoo

@Twilord You're mentioning games that aren't out yet. He needs some reasons to buy the console NOW. But aside of Mario, there's not much there.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

You obviously haven't played Any X1 or PS4 games. Even if it's a slow year for these consoles, it won't be that way next year. First year launches are always weak and it isn't until a good year or two before things amp up... Any one who's a gamer knows this.

Wii-U was a flop right out of the gate. So there's no reason to get one.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@darkmoney52 @bunchanumbers online retailers and local retailers have all sold out of their MK8 bundle. They should have had more stock available. It would have led to more sales. 

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

@Gravity_Slave I know what it is, genius! I've seen the policy's regarding royal succession and the consequence for Princess Toshi. I'm not ignorant about Japan (I probably know more about it than you). That doesn't mean I have to like it.

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

@Zombrex It's just sad that there don't seem to be any women up there at the top. That's my opinion anyway.

lostn
lostn

@Zombrex @chev0948 SNES was 16 bit. Nintendo never released a 32 bit console. PS1 and Saturn were 32 bit.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Meet Chev0948...Gamespots resident Nintendo fanboy. He's not right in the head. He calls every one a tr0ll that disagrees with him.

He also thinks anything Nintendo has ever done was genius. We think he plays with himself using an old Power Glove, a broken Virtual Boy and Nintendo Power magazine.

ninja-jason51
ninja-jason51

@Gravity_Slave  Pretty sure I play my Wii U more then my PS4 and maybe just as much as my computer cause it does have some great games for it. There are many reasons for people to get a Wii U but if you don't like Nintendo games then there really isn't a reason. Their will probably always be better games coming from Nintendo then any other company, but that's just my opinion. Your probably one of those casuals who plays CoD.

dniv
dniv

@Gravity_Slave  Well, let's briefly think. Zelda 2015 with an open map as large as Kyoto. That can kick tiny Skyrim in its ass. Anyone who saw that E3 trailer knows it'll be fantastic.


Also, Smash Bros Wii U also sells the system to many people. There are many games coming out next year as were announced at E3 and almost everyone is going insane about it right now.


Also, the only reason the Wii U did badly at first was because people like you didn't hype it up, and so 3rd parties didn't join it, and THEN it failed. But it's YOUR fault. While it could have been better, if you had all jumped on at the start, then the 3rd parties would have stuck, and it would have been better. You all really have yourselves to blame for being retarded and not trusting Nintendo like usual. You can't play any non-violent games with that classic flare on any other console. There are a few games I like on other consoles, but NOT many.


It's annoying to see people like you say such superficial things. Nintendo Games are good, and that really isn't debatable, and if you try to debate it, you'll honestly just make yourself look stupid.

Zombrex
Zombrex

I guess I SHOULD have googled it. My bad, I apologize.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

I so want to punch you in the face but I'm afraid of getting lipstick and make up all over me