Investors Ask Nintendo Boss to Risk Life, Complain about Public Transport

July 4th, 2012 at 1:06 pm

You’ve been invited to a private audience with the biggest names in video games and are allowed one question. What do you ask?

That was the reality of some investors who had the opportunity to ask pretty much anything the wanted of Nintendo Global President Satoru Iwata and the famous creator of the mega-popular Super Mario series, Shigeru Miyamoto. Some took the opportunity to ask about Nintendo’s financial future, others questioned the features of the upcoming console, Wii U.

But then there was this guy.

One investor questioned Iwata about the company’s plans for releasing games in China, but then had a suggestion: to make better games, Satoru Iwata and Shigeru Miyamoto should embark on some “deadly adventures”.

“…I watched the news that Mr. Miyamoto, a senior director of the company, recently won a globally acclaimed award.” the unnamed investor mentioned, referring to the “Spanish Nobel Prize” Miyamoto had won this year, “To create such excellent games, I hope Mr. Iwata and Mr. Miyamoto will go through various experiences, including deadly adventures like crossing the Sahara on camelback or exploring the Amazon, full of piranhas, anacondas and crocodiles, together with the company’s other game creators.”

Iwata, the avid business-guy answered the investor with only one reference to the expectation to risk life and limb in the pursuit for more interesting games with “…I would like to thank you for suggesting some interesting ideas full of dreams.” You can read the full answer here.

Another investor took the opportunity to bitch about the journey into the Nintendo HQ – a pilgrimage that pretty much every Nintendo fan reading this article would step over his dead mother to embark on;

“I got terribly lost coming here today.” the investor told Mr. Iwata. “Every time I come here, I feel that you should take into consideration where many of the shareholders attending are coming from and that you may want to consider offering us some conveniences like a courtesy bus from JR Kyoto Station. As I feel this is rather an inconvenient place to visit by subway or by bus, I’d like you to consider more about this sort of thing than enriching the contents of the gifts you give to the attending shareholders.”

Those gifts include a “showbag” full of goodies – like exclusive Mario cards and a box of candy with Zelda character art. Iwata said Nintendo would take his comments into consideration.

What would you ask Satoru Iwata and Shigeru Miyamoto? Post your questions below!

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