Too Many Shooters Would Make Nintendo Sad

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Looking at the company's back catalogue, and the fact it had to get an American studio in to do a first-person Metroid series, it's clear Nintendo is not a big believer in the West's genre of choice.


A point Nintendo president Satoru Iwata addressed during a recent investor Q&A session in Japan. While acknowledging that 80% of Nintendo's business now comes from outside Japan, he also has to acknowledge that the games people play outside Japan can be a little different.

"Currently, in the western countries especially, war-themed gun-shooting games, which are not well-received in Japan, are very popular", he said. "It is a reality that some of these games sell 10 million units per year in those markets, and this is one valid type of video game genre. I would personally feel sad if all video games became something like that, but on the other hand, I do not think such games should disappear."

You won't find a more telling example of the gulf in difference between the two biggest companies in gaming than that. Too many shooters would make Nintendo sad. Too many shooters would make Activision, well, glad!

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The 71st Annual General Meeting of Shareholders Q&A [Nintendo]

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its isnt that the genre is bad, its the lack of imagination that really gets to me.

who are we fighting sir?

-Fight some russians?

-Fight some Terrorists?

-Fight some country in Asia (either/and/or: China, north korea, all of korea)

err...ok, where will we be fighting them?


-Eastern block european ghost town industrial complex?


-home soil, close to home so it has that emotional aspect...right?




Right...what will we be fighting them with?

- M4/16 variants. no choice here. BUt youll probably pick up an AK, you always do, youre going to get kidnapped at some point or be behind enemy lines anyway.

ok, what are we trying to stop them from doing?

- Nuclear assault?

- World domination?

- low orbit ion cannon?

well, i hope there arent any twists!

- Government conspiracy, naturally.