While there are plenty of things to talk about in July’s Month Review. I’d like to devote the conversation to one single topic, mainly because it was the one thing I got asked alot about. I waited till the very last day of July to let my thoughts on the matter be public, because I wanted enough time to pass and find the right words to use on the matter. If you want my thoughts on any of the other subjects, ask away in the comments.
Whatever your opinion of Nintendo maybe, you cannot deny this man put his heart and soul into the company. In an industry that is more about DLC, microtransactions and pre-rendered trailers. Nintendo, and Iwata himself, rememered the most important thing about the games industry. Mainly for the fact he put the games first and the hardware second.
“software sells hardware”
Satoru Iwata 2005.
An idea maybe Sony and Microsoft should take into consideration perhaps? Instead of jerking themselves off to pre-rendered trailers, console exclusives and the never ending "MY CONSOLES DICK IS BIGGER THAN YOURS!!!" arguments. The man maintained a steady ship in the many years he was captain but….
…. Okay, let’s get this out of the way.
In the words of Dinobot “I won’t disgrace his memory with lies!” but there were times I found myself baffled by his decision making and business choices. Sure the Wii U is an easy target but Iwata never seemed to understand how the industry worked in 2015, when I suspect Nintendo are still convinced that it’s 1993 and they’re still king of the mountain. Don't misunderstand me, I'm not saying that to piss on his memory, but rather I’m a little baffled by the over admiration for the man by the same people who were burning him a effigy no less than 3 weeks before he died.
I guess we call that “Michael Jackson Syndrome”
To the people pulling that and attacking others like say ReviewtechUSA for a making a video in 2014. Please cut the shit okay? You're flip flopping harder than a Presidential canidate during election week.
But back to positives, the man helped create many of your fav Nintendo games and franchises. I’m going to remember that the next time I play Super Smash Bros. Also, I am taking into consideration of trying out Earthbound (if I can find a copy) as a means of paying proper respect.
I will say he made E3 fun and enjoyable, thanks to the idea of Nintendo Direct where he’d give you information “directly to you” instead of what the competition do, by waiting till E3 to have big bombastic announcements of FUCK ALL!! with an endless conga line of men in suits pretending to be enthusiastic about the previously mentioned FUCK ALL!!
I may not like what the big N announces but I cannot argue they found new ways to entertain me at E3. It wasn't the same routine every year either. One year they had Robot Chicken offering a few laughs and this year Iwata and Pals transformed into The Muppets to reveal Starfox Zero. That in itself is more memorable than anything MicroSony announced this year in my humble opinion. Even if you follow another console or company, the tributes from the likes of Sony and old time rival Sega tells you this is a man who was respected by his peers and gamers alike.
Where should Nintendo go from here? Honestly? That is a difficult question to answer. I would suggest that they just carrying on as before and not change anything for awhile. Some people have said "Now that Iwata's gone, Nintendo can FINALLY change things and be like Sony and Microsoft!" and to those people, who value games they'll play for a month and then forget about over a mans passing I say this.
A man has just died and you're more concerned about getting more games? Sounds to me like you need to rethink your lives a bit!
While his successor is up in the air at this point, I feel no one could truly replace the man that was Satoru Iwata.
“please understand” how much we are going to miss him.
Rest In Peace.