Richard George - Satoru Iwata and Reggie Fils-Aime talk about Nintendo's future.
"The fact of the matter is that we’ve been here constantly. We’ve been betraying people’s expectations, in a good way, for a long time."
Satoru Iwata's confidence, both in his company's strategy and products, is inescapable. I walked into my meeting with Nintendo's global president with a list of questions asking about Nintendo's past mistakes and options for the future. And while I did ask those questions, I left with a better understanding of what Iwata hoped to accomplish, and why he is still confident that the oldest company in the games industry can turn its fortunes around. Iwata speaks with an unwavering, yet friendly and optimistic, conviction. He's realistic about Nintendo's struggles and weaknesses, while still describing all past choices within a framework of a company that time and time again has defied the odds and overcome hurdles that might spell the doom of any other company.
"Have you heard of the theory or the story of the four-minute mile?" Iwata asked me, leaning forward with a fixed, unwavering yet not unfriendly gaze.