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A blue ocean called humility

September 5, 2007

Nintendo’s officially at the top of the game once again. But the bigger they are… the harder it is to remain humble. Iwata speaks:

That’s probably Nintendo’s next obstacle is to not lose its internal energy and internal momentum. I believe my most important role right now is to prevent Nintendo from being in a company where people say, “Oh, Nintendo is arrogant,” “Nintendo has let its guard down,” or “Nintendo has lost its challenging spirit.” We want to avoid all of the pitfalls that can come from losing one’s momentum.

He’s behind on that goal already. If you ask me, i’ve never thought Nintendo wasn’t arrogant. It’s just that now they have a little more reason to be. Although it’s not enough to forgive that hour-long infomercial they put on at E3 and their general attitude towards the faithfuls and hopefuls.

Cockiness is in your proud Japanese blood, Nin. Just go with it.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 6, 2007 11:13 am

    Given Nintendo’s recent unprecedented success, I think they have been very well-behaved! Compare with Sony!

    Regardless of who’s the more arrogant, arrogance in a company is the first sign of disconnect with their user-base… and a harbinger of bad things to come.

  2. September 6, 2007 1:03 pm

    Compared with old Nintendo, better yet. Yamauchi is sorely missed.

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