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Fri 18th Apr 2014

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TexCube commented on Satoru Iwata Speaks Of The Need To "Redefine" ...:

After reading this for some reason I'm reminded of the quote from Apollo 13 the movie ...

NASA Director: This could be the worst disaster NASA's ever faced.
Gene Kranz: With all due respect, sir, I believe this is gonna be our finest hour.

Nintendo is surely capable of doing anything. I think they have the people in place that have (and buy into) this kind of vision. But the only way creative and forward thinking occur, is by someone taking off the reins and telling their people "Go make it happen." That's how Nintendo can make this their finest hour.

Iwata can't solve Nintendo's current issues by himself, nor should he try. I'll use another quote "No man is an island unto himself." Iwata's leadership is what will define Nintendo at this crossroads. He will either call on his teams to make this happen or he will find himself taking a rather early retirement. At the end of the day Nintendo may falter, but it will never fail. Iwata must realize, like any employee, that the good of his company is at stake and he is but one small part in a very big ship. Whether Nintendo sails on without him at the helm depends on what actions he takes in the coming months.

I've often stated that it's time for Iwata and Miyamoto to retire. Although I see them as legends in the field of video games, there does come a time when everyone needs to think about retirement. It happens to everyone ... Actors, politicians, singers, sports stars and the average joe. These 2 are not immune to the true nature of life and how things work as we age. But I will say this again ... It all hinges on the actions of Iwata in the coming months. Personally I'd love to see him prove me wrong, and sail Nintendo into more prosperous waters.

Whatever happens, this should be a very interesting time leading up to E3 this year. I'm excited to see if Iwata can rally his team and pull off the impossible. One thing Nintendo can surely always do ... They have this amazing ability to not only survive, but to innovate and flourish in the process. That is the mark of a great company. Good luck Nintendo.