A Panel of Directors Will Now Greenlight Product Ideas at Nintendo

This could be good or bad.

Posted By | On 02nd, May. 2018

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Shuntaro Furukawa will be the next President of Nintendo, after current President Tatsumi Kimishima steps down in June. He has some interesting idea about where to take Nintendo- including one that I am not actually that thrilled about.

Speaking to Nikkei (via Serkan Toto), Furukawa revealed that he has plans to change the game pitching process within Nintendo- from now on, certain product ideas will be greenlit by a panel of five directors within Nintendo, a panel which will include Furukawa himself.

I generally don’t like the process to be centralized like this- for instance, Nintendo moved towards a more democratized style of decision making with the Switch, which resulted in their best console, and some of their best games ever, compared to the stuffiness of the Wii U era. This statement makes me fear there might be a regression of some sort.

Ultimately, it’s too early to ring the warning bells, but… I just hope Furukawa is able to keep the spirit of Nintendo alive.


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