Nintendo hasn’t been doing well over the past few years, and company president Satoru Iwata is partly to blame — he accepted blame himself several times, and as a result cut his own salary.
That’s not enough, according to game industry analyst Michael Pachter, who believes that Nintendo cannot turn around until the leadership at Nintendo is replaced. Specifically, until Iwata is replaced.
And Pachter believes that Nintendo of America’s Reggie Fils-Aime will be the perfect replacement for Iwata. Reggie would be a great fit, but it likely won’t happen, as Pachter puts it:
“I think Reggie is a very consumer-focused, capable executive. Love the guy. They’re not gonna hire a western guy to run Nintendo, it’s gonna be a Japanese guy. But I think Nintendo just needs different leadership”
You can say what you want about Michael Pachter, his opinions and his predictions, but we tend to agree with him here: Iwata has done an poor job and some of the decisions have been awful for the company. The Wii U hasn’t been doing well at all — it’s doing worse than the GameCube.
Reggie seems to be a much more fitting President for Nintendo at this point — he has done an excellent job at running Nintendo of America, despite being limited in what he can do by the leadership in Japan.
As for Iwata, you can say “you’re sorry” and take blame only so many times. At some point, you gotta move on and let someone else try.
Do you think it’s time for Iwata to move on? Do you think Reggie would be a better leader of Nintendo? Let us know what your thoughts in the comments section!