The Nintendo Wii U is in a bind right now, with lackluster sales that industry experts blame on lack of third party support and poor brand recall (due to most consumers mistaking the Wii U as an add-on unit for the Wii). However, Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning has recently stated in an interview with Games Industry that he believes Nintendo will still outlast Microsoft and Zynga, citing the recent departure of Xbox One boss Don Mattrick for Zynga:
“I looked at that and I thought, ‘How does that whole [Xbox One] team feel, knowing that the guy who led them to that train wreck just jumped out with maybe a $5 million parachute?’ That’s an issue we don’t talk about today, because it’s not cool in capitalism to talk about that.”
In contrast to the Xbox One situation, Lanning cited a quote from Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata, talking about their refusal to lay off employees just for the sake of improving the company’s bottom line:
“If we reduce the number of employees for better short-term financial results, employee morale will decrease. I sincerely doubt employees who fear that they may be laid off will be able to develop software titles that could impress people around the world.
“I also know that some employers publicize their restructuring plan to improve their financial performance by letting a number of their employees go, but at Nintendo, employees make valuable contributions in their respective fields, so I believe that laying off a group of employees will not help to strengthen Nintendo’s business in the long run.”
Lanning was moved by Iwata’s statement, and admitted that he would work for him in a second:
“When he said that, in my opinion, he was immortalized in the creative community. I would work with him in a second. When a man in that type of position, in a world where the golden rule is the rule and that’s what’s expected at public companies, he stood up and said, ‘That’s not what we’re about. We’re about building great stuff. We have great people to build great stuff. We’re gonna do that.”
“When I look at the history of Nintendo, I say, ‘Nintendo is going to be here in 100 years.’ I have no doubt. I doubt Microsoft will be here in 100 years. I know Zynga won’t be here in 100 years.”
One thing worth noting is that Nintendo really has been around for more than a century, as they were originally founded in 1889, and started by making hanafuda cards.
Source: gamesindustry.biz (via crunchyroll.com)