Steve Okimoto has left Nintendo of America

In a recent update to Linked In by Steve Okimoto Senior Manager of Developer Relations at Nintendo of America, he has apparently left NOA and moved on to other things. In the update, he states “I took an Early Out from Nintendo, and am looking at opportunities to begin my next career.”

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AKR1527d ago

It should be interesting to see if the next person to fill the position will probably be more aggressive with trying to get third-party support on the home console front.

ScorpiusX1527d ago

Don't think it was a lack of aggressiveness, think it was more hardware related from what 3rd parties have stated .

superchiller1527d ago

Agreed. If Nintendo wanted strong 3rd party support, they should have designed better gaming hardware. The gamepad alone doesn't make up for the weak base console specs.

fatneal1527d ago

The hardware has nothing to do with why 3rd party lack the talent to create games for Nintendo. Every games doesn't have to strive for photo realism...devs seem to forget that these days when it comes to Nintendo even tho small studios and indie studios have proven there's plenty money in being creative and unique

wonderfulmonkeyman1526d ago

I don't believe that for a moment.
If a team as small as the guys behind Fast Racing Neo can make a game as nice as that on Wii U, and third parties can deal with the difficulties of the cell processor in the PS3, then there's really no reason why they couldn't have learned how to get the most out of the Wii U.

WickedLester1527d ago (Edited 1527d ago )


You along with all the other Wii U owners need to get a grip on reality. It is absolutely about hardware. The bottom line is it's not economically feasible for 3rd parties to invest the amount of time and resources it would take to port their games over from PS4/X1 to the Wii U. The Wii U's architecture is too foreign and too weak and developers would basically have to start from the ground up to develop games for the platform. Why on earth would they do that for a nearly 4 year old system with only an 11 million user base. That would be nothing but a complete waste of time and money!

superchiller1526d ago (Edited 1526d ago )

Well said! It's hard to believe that people try to blame 3rd party devs for the lack of support on the Wii U, when the true fault lies with Nintendo, for producing hardware that is just unable to compete this generation. Hopefully Nintendo has learned that lesson, and is planning to put more thought/effort into the design of the NX than they did with the Wii U. If they don't, the system is just not going to succeed at all.

wonderfulmonkeyman1526d ago

That's bullshit and you know it.
If it can handle a game as huge and beautiful as Xenoblade X, or a game as fast-paced and gorgeous to look at as Bayonetta 2, then third parties out there could have EASILY made exclusives for it that would have done fine.
Focusing on ports is a mistake when you do nothing to make said ports enticing, in the first place. No one was going to get CoD on the Wii U when 99% of its extra content was missing from the get-go, for instance, and hardware cannot be blamed for a decision like that since those games were on last gen systems, which were decidedly WEAKER than the Wii U.

WickedLester1526d ago


Geez you "Wii-tards" are as out of touch and delusional as Nintendo is! The days of 3rd party companies developing exclusive games for one platform are all but over! At least not without funding assistance from the console provider. 3rd parties are looking to put their titles on multiple platforms, provided porting is easy and cost-effective, which it is not on Wii U. Nobody said good looking games arent possible on Wii U.

fatneal1526d ago

the 3ds destroyed vita even tho the 3ds graphics were arguably not even better than psp....when you look at games like ori or bayonetta or child of light or guilty gear these are all games that look and play great but arent too demanding on the hardware...other than 3rd parties lack of creativity the reason they dont port games to wiiU is because theres been a smear campaign towards nintendo that has condition the casual gamer over the last 10 years to dislike nintendo. its kinda like how people who like apple buy iphones and swear its the best phone even when there is factual info that android and windows do certain things better than apple...its a cultural matter what nintendo does it will be seen as not as good as sony or when ports do come to nintendo the sales arent there because at this point most of the people who buy nintendo are nintendos fans (or multiple consoles owners) that mainly buy 1st party have to be an idiot if you think minecraft or shovel knight needs high specs to run lol

wonderfulmonkeyman1526d ago (Edited 1526d ago )

You lost whatever semblance of an argument you had barely managed to muster up the MOMENT you used the term "wiitard".

Putting a port on a system then designing it to fail is not cost-effective compared to making an exclusive that may draw attention.

Only a delusional third party apologist would be excusing the crap-tastic BS third parties pulled on the Wii U at this point, especially considering all of the examples of games that WERE done right on the system regardless of their sales.

GordonKnight1526d ago

Nintendo is just flat out fun.

I agree with fatneal. There is a smear compaign going on by 3rd party companies. When video games started become mainstream all the big companies saw an opportunity to make money, not video games. These companies are more concerned with releasing their games on schedule with their budget, instead of a compete almost bug free game. This is where Nintendo and 3rd party companies started the bad blood. Nintendo charged 3rd party companies for game patches to released on their network. So, when games are rushed out unfinished to meet the budget release schedule. They then end up costing more to fix on Nintendo than other consoles. Add that with lower sales. Ever if the Wii U had sold twice the amount of PS4. Nintendo would still be at bottom of the list for 3rd party sales.

At least there are indie games to save us from the AAA monsters!

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user66660471527d ago

Noooooooooooooooooooooooo! Who?

The_Truth_24_71527d ago

Uh oh. Nintendo in more trouble.

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