Denial Might Be a River In Japan


We’ve been outspoken about Nintendo’s ineptitude to say the least. It hasn’t only been in our more recent podcasts that we’ve been critical of the company, we spoke of their issues back in May of 2014. Apparently, we are not the only ones concerned since Michael Pachter has stated his view of Nintendo in a recent interview with GameInformer.

“I think that they are not a particularly introspective bunch. I think that they are still in denial about the Wii U failure.” – Michael Pachter

Pachter spoke about the Xbox and PlayStation platforms, but it was his answers to questions about Nintendo that were the most intriguing. No words were minced when asked about Nintendo and their failure with third-party support for the Wii U. Not only did he feel they have outright failed, he believes that the failure started with third-party support on the Wii and it is unlikely that it will get better.

As critical as we have been in some of our past podcasts, we have never singled out any one individual. Perhaps the most condemning part of the article came when Pachter called Nintendo’s leadership into question with the following statement:

“Like I said, they lack introspection. I think that starts with leadership. Iwata makes a lot of bad decisions. I think he surrounds himself with people who allow him to make these bad decisions. It starts at the top. I think he is not a good leader. ” – Michael Pachter

There was, however, no indication that things are beyond repair for the company or that he wished Nintendo to fail. It seemed that he spoke in a cautionary tone and suggested that Nintendo as a whole needs to look back at their failures in order to correct their path in the future. Whether the current leadership can accomplish a turn-around is not known to Pachter or anyone else.

If you are not familiar with Pachter and why his option carries weight, you may want to read up on the man a bit. We would be excited to talk about Nintendo in a positive light but it seems a struggle to do so. Even with great games and loyal fans, Nintendo continues to be a dis-service to themselves in the long run. C’mon guys, give us all something good to talk about.

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Paul Novak is a self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing in the west side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet. Found here at What’s Your Tag? and on the Twitter @dudewantshisrug. Game on with Team XBRO!


  1. Pachter has a strong opinion and often I feel he is incorrect on his harshest of criticisms. To understand Nintendo, you should understand Japanese business. In particular understand Kyoto business. It is a progressive style of business, constantly adapting but it is extremely steeped in traditional values. Nintendo’s whole core values is sticking to their guns both tech wise and creatively. The Wii U is the underscore of this philosophy. Eccentric. Off kilter. But very much traditional Nintendo. Always a little different.

    To say denial might be a river in Japan makes absolute sense because it is a very common sensibility to go down doing what you do, so long as you believe in it.

    Pachter is not wrong, but I don’t think Nintendo cares as much about third party support as much as doing things their way. In that regard, Iwata is an exemplary leader by their standards.

    1. Very good points. Pachter is not looking at Nintendo from a traditional Japanese standpoint, rather he is analyzing them from viewpoint of the Westernized business practices that he and the people we works with are familiar with.

      I don’t think that his statements about third-parties are meant to say that Nintendo doesn’t want to support them, quite the opposite. Third-parties will not develop for a platform if it is not profitable for them regardless of the support they are given. Nintendo continues to court them as well as Indies.

      From a purely financial standpoint, Iwata is a bad leader to Pachter simply because Nintendo has struggled and continues to do so. To many the success of a company is not metered by following their way but rather only by the bottom line of their financial statements.

  2. It’s so strange to read this kind of stuff. Nintendo seem to be doing just fine from my point of view as a gamer. They’ve released a large hatful of fantastic games over the past couple of years, which is really the only thing that matters.

    Pachter is commenting from a business viewpoint, which is fair enough. If I’d invested all my money in Nintendo, I’d certainly care about their long-term business strategy or how many millions of units they’ve shifted.

    But I’m not a businessman, I’m a gamer. And everything looks pretty damn great from where I’m sitting (playing Monster Hunter 4 on my new 3DS).

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