Report: Nintendo Management May Be in Turmoil
All may not be well in the Mushroom Kingdom.
By Cassidee MoserAccording to a recent report from the Business Journal, Nintendo's management may be in a state of disarray.
Many within Nintendo are calling for the company to move onto the smartphone platform, but president and CEO Satoru Iwata refuses, insisting that Nintendo games need to be kept on the company's proprietary hardware.
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Iwata claims Nintendo's strength lies in the compatibility between hardware and software, as they are "there in place to develop together." Business Journal says Iwata's headstrong opinion may be linked to the fact that he himself is "continuously engaged in the work as a programmer in addition to management, and has been involved in game development." Iwata has also spoken about how developing games for mobile could negatively impact the sales of the Nintendo 3DS handheld.
This allegedly doesn't sit well with management, however, as many within the company are blaming Iwata for its recent losses. Business Journal even points to some possible scheming on the side of members of the upset management team to force Iwata out, despite his recent re-election to the board of directors and uptick in approval rating.
Although the company has hinted that it is currently developing something for smartphones, little else is known about it at this time.