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Iwata Hits Out at Nikkei's "Gossip Magazine" Tactics

Posted by James Newton

Don't annoy the big man

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata was very unhappy a quote attributed to him in Nikkei's report about Nintendo resurrecting Seaman for 3DS, and took to Twitter to give his side of the story.

While most outlets — including this one — picked up just on the Seaman story, apparently the original Japanese article quoted Iwata as saying unless Nintendo changes its ways as a matter of urgency, it would collapse.

Kotaku translated the boss man's tweet as saying:

On Monday there was an inaccurate report online. This sort of thing has continued repeatedly, with no context, self-serving language and the blurring of truth and fiction. I'm astonished to see gossip magazine techniques being used.

Iwata has regularly said Nintendo will stick to its core strengths, so it would be unexpected to say the least for him to say something so damaging about his own company. At least he knows how to use Twitter to set the record straight.


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User Comments (23)



bonesy91 said:

aw that's sad. I would like to have had that creepy Seaman game on my 3DS.
lol but once again it seems like the Magazine tried pulling another "End of Nintendo" thing...



alLabouTandroiD said:

So the Seaman will still find a home in the depths of the 3DS but Iwata's faith in mankind sunk because of the additonal nonsense Nikkei made up ?



warioswoods said:

That's strange... I've never known Nikki to be a gossip. I sure hope she doesn't start blabbing about those notes I sent her.



AbuJaffer said:

@warioswoods I think you're dating the wrong woman... there's a missing 'e'! It's small accidents like these that caused WWII and world hunger.

Guess we have reason to doubt all their other "news" now? I had doubts before, but now I'm just completely ignoring the "fact" that Japanese developers are moving from the Vita to the 3DS.



k8sMum said:

however: there is no real denial in iwata's statement. he sounds more like a politician attempting to diffuse trouble after being 'misunderstood' as is happening here in the States a lot right now.



kyuubikid213 said:

If it's another end of Nintendo thing, it'll blow over. I mean, we had it with the 3DS at the start of it's launch life, and it will happen until Nintendo finally does crash at the end of time.

But seriously though, why the hating on Nintendo? They have been in the gaming industry MAKING CONSOLES for over 25 years. Sega's gone, Atari's gone, the Coleco Vision and Intellivision are gone, the 3DO came and went, almost every game company that thrived in the 1980s and 1990s is no longer making systems actively OUT there...Nintendo is still here. If they made it through that, why does everyone think they won't be able to? Nintendo thrived off of their strengths in 1986 and they are still thriving off of their strengths now. I just wish people would remember exactly how long Nintendo has been around before tossing the whole "Nintendo is going to collapse soon" argument.



Jamouse said:

As much as I would have loved Seaman on 3DS, I think it would be better off in the hands of Sega.



stipey said:

He's not saying no Seaman, is he? Just not the bit about Nintendo being about to collapse? This article confuses me.



KeeperBvK said:

People, learn to read. Seaman 3DS is still coming, Iwata has only commented on him allegedly stating Nintendo was about to collapse.

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