English Translation Of Nintendo’s 77th Annual General Meeting Of Shareholders Q & A

Nintendo's 77th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders

An English translation of Nintendo’s 77th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders Q & A is now available. Interestingly, now that Nintendo has officially entered the mobile market, investors go-to question (when are you going to make mobile games) can’t be asked anymore. So what do they do? Ask when Nintendo’s going to make PC games of course! Seriously, it was the second question asked.

“The current video game market is divided into three segments: smart devices, home console and PC. Most recently, the PC gaming market has shown incredible growth and professional PC gamers are starting to appear in the United States. Are you planning any hardware or software initiatives in the PC market?”

Here’s how Representative Director & Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima responded:

“We are aware that many consumers play PC games. However, we believe that the integrated hardware-software business is the best way for us to provide the surprises and new gameplay experiences that we want to achieve. On the other hand, we offered three applications for smart devices during the previous fiscal year, and, though the content and consumers playing the applications were different, each one was received extremely favorably. Super Mario Run, for example, achieved 150 million downloads worldwide, and consumers who had never played our games before were able to experience our IP on their smart devices. We believe that we can further expand our core integrated hardware-software business by providing our software on smart devices and increasing the number of consumers who experience our IP. Speaking of our integrated hardware-software business, E3 was held on June 13 through 15 in Los Angeles. Mr. Miyamoto and Mr. Takahashi will explain our initiatives during the show.”

This was Director & Managing Executive Officer Shinya Takahashi’s response:

“This year at E3 we focused on the demo for Super Mario Odyssey and planned competitions for three software titles, ARMS, Splatoon 2 and POKKÉN TOURNAMENT DX. Everyone enjoyed playing Super Mario Odyssey on Nintendo Switch in TV mode, handheld mode and tabletop mode. Starting this year, E3 was officially opened to the public, not just to those involved in the industry, and the line was particularly long for our booth. On the first day there were so many people that you literally could not even see the floor. The competitions also got very heated and both the competitors on the stage and the audience in the hall were shouting in unison with excitement. I think that it ended up being a very good show. Mr. Miyamoto made a surprise appearance at Ubisoft Entertainment’s press conference the day before E3. That got the fans pretty excited too, so I would like to “switch” over to Mr. Miyamoto and have him talk about it. “

Then Mr. Miyamoto said:

“We have had a good relationship with Ubisoft, known for such big name titles as Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed, for many years. I showed up on their stage as a surprise guest when they held their press conference the day before the E3 show, specifically when they announced their unique new title (Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle for Nintendo Switch), a collaboration between the Rabbids, their cute-looking characters with a bit of a twisted sense of humor, and our Mario characters. It seems a number of our fans were attending this Ubisoft conference, and the announcement of this title was excitedly welcomed by the crowds. As for E3 2017 overall, Nintendo gained a lot of attention, and we received warm cheers from the participants. Your question just now was about software for gaming computers. Indeed, in the past I have seen a number of exhibition booths at E3 where dozens of PCs lined the hall for consumers to try out network experiences. However, at E3 this year, there were not many gaming PC exhibits or VR exhibits, which captured significant attention last year. I feel as if this environment allowed the attendees to see Nintendo anew as a company offering consumer-oriented dedicated video game systems.”

As you can see Mr. Kimishima and Mr. Miyamoto sort of answered the question, while Mr. Takahashi completely ignored it. Their responses aren’t that surprising as no matter what some investors and indeed even some consumers might want, Nintendo will never make games that are console equivalent experiences on devices that they themselves do not manufacture. In other words, as long as Nintendo is in the hardware business, you won’t see Nintendo console style games on PC or a system from Sony, Microsoft, or any other future hardware creator.

You can read the full Q & A English, over on Nintendo’s site here.

Source: Perfectly Nintendo & Nintendo

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