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    Now That Yamuachi has Passed, What becomes of Iwata?

    Yamuachi owned 10% of the company and was a major backer of Iwata, his oldest daughter is married to Former Nintendo of America CEO Arakawa, I wonder what will happen to Iwata, and what Yamuachi's heirs will do with their shares of the company?

    Does this make Iwata more likely to get sacked as CEO next year?

    This is quite concerning.

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    I had the same concerns, but it seemed a bit disrespectful to air those so soon.. that said, Nintendo's stockholders and competitors are already considering the implications of Yamuachi-sans's demise. It helps to think on your feet. I think Iwata is largely on the right path. There have been some missteps, but the success FAR outweighs the perceived failures. I'm not quite convinced Wii Sports and Wii Fit seeing new coats of paint are the correct way to go, but Nintendo is doing something for a change. This might embolden Nintendo actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drew79 View Post
    I had the same concerns, but it seemed a bit disrespectful to air those so soon.. that said, Nintendo's stockholders and competitors are already considering the implications of Yamuachi-sans's demise. It helps to think on your feet. I think Iwata is largely on the right path. There have been some missteps, but the success FAR outweighs the perceived failures. I'm not quite convinced Wii Sports and Wii Fit seeing new coats of paint are the correct way to go, but Nintendo is doing something for a change. This might embolden Nintendo actually.
    I agree, I was a bit concerned posting this thread, but I really wanted to know what others think, could Arawaka return to Nintedno now?

    And yes I agree there will likely be some major changes at Nintendo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starwarsfan541 View Post
    I agree, I was a bit concerned posting this thread, but I really wanted to know what others think, could Arawaka return to Nintedno now?



    And yes I agree there will likely be some major changes at Nintendo.
    you're right about possible changes, but i don't see why Iwata would be replaced as CEO. i'm sure the Wii U will see a minor (ot major?) turn around soon
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    It's hard to say how much influence yamuachi had in the past few years. I am on the fence about changes. I would love if nintendo focused more on this party games. I worry changed could result in less creativity and nintendo leaving the hardware market. So it just depends what kind of changes happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by person View Post
    you're right about possible changes, but i don't see why Iwata would be replaced as CEO. i'm sure the Wii U will see a minor (ot major?) turn around soon
    Arawaka was supposed to be Yamuachi's successor, they had a falling out and now it would seem he may be a major holder of the company's stock.

    Has anyone ever read Disneywars, I wonder if this is headed into a similar situation.

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    I wouldn't say anything until we see console sales after the holiday season. If they pick up like I think they will with the video game line up everything will probably stay as is.
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    Yeah I don't think much will change from his passing. Iwata has already changed the direction Nintendo takes since he's taken the helm.

    Also Iwata's job is in no more jeopardy then it was before. If he continues to make Nintendo money, then he will keep his job. If not he will be fired.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GameNChick View Post
    Iwata's fate will be decided judging on how this console generation goes, if Wii U completely tanks, he'll be evaluated after the 5-6 year console lifespan
    I don't know. He's over all of Nintendo, not just the console side. I think he'll be judged on the overall health of Nintendo, which is just fine because of the 3DS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WoodenSaucer View Post
    I don't know. He's over all of Nintendo, not just the console side. I think he'll be judged on the overall health of Nintendo, which is just fine because of the 3DS.
    possibly, but if Wii U tanks, its under his leadership so he WOULD be evaluated at the end of the day either way, hes the one that oversees everything,hes the one that makes the decision, if Wi U tanks its because of his decision making and his decision. But the same goes for if the Wii U pulls itself out of a rut and becomes a success, that would be because of his decision making and choices as well

    but its too early to decide his fate as of right now, I feel we wont know where he stands with the company till the end of this gen when all the smoke has cleared
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    Quote Originally Posted by GameNChick View Post
    possibly, but if Wii U tanks, its under his leadership so he WOULD be evaluated at the end of the day either way, hes the one that oversees everything,hes the one that makes the decision, if Wi U tanks its because of his decision making and his decision. But the same goes for if the Wii U pulls itself out of a rut and becomes a success, that would be because of his decision making and choices as well

    but its too early to decide his fate as of right now, I feel we wont know where he stands with the company till the end of this gen when all the smoke has cleared
    If the wiiu tanks it will be because of obvious mistakes nintendo made. Iwata should be fired then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fzeroplease View Post
    If the wiiu tanks it will be because of obvious mistakes nintendo made. Iwata should be fired then.
    he would definitely be evaluated on it, but not necessarily fired right away, there are other variables to take into account
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    Does anyone think that Minoru Arakawa could get a board seat or something?

    He is his son in law, and I presume his wife and him would get at least a major portion of his stock?

    He was supposed to be CEO instead of Iwata, but Yamuachi and him had a falling out over Arawaka's plans for the company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starwarsfan541 View Post
    Does anyone think that Minoru Arakawa could get a board seat or something?

    He is his son in law, and I presume his wife and him would get at least a major portion of his stock?

    He was supposed to be CEO instead of Iwata, but Yamuachi and him had a falling out over Arawaka's plans for the company.
    If the Wii U is making Nintendo a good profit by mid-2014, (which, fingers-crossed it will be) then I think Iwata's position is safe. But when 2017/18 comes, the Xbox One/PS4 will be going for another 2 years at least without a successor and I think Nintendo would do well to release a successor to the Wii U in 2017 that is slightly more powerful than the PS4. The way the 'law of diminished returns' is going I just can't see games consoles radically more powerful than the PS4 ever being released.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GameNChick View Post
    but its too early to decide his fate as of right now, I feel we wont know where he stands with the company till the end of this gen when all the smoke has cleared
    I agree. I mean nobody can see into the future. Time will tell what will happen.
    Just out of my point of perspective I would like the wii U to do alright (aka not tank) as I like the system and like to play games on it.

    I have no like or dislike for Iwata, he is just the head of a company trying to make money to stay in business(just like every other company out there).
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    Now Iwata will finally be able to act upon his master plan of releasing HD'ified Wii Sports shovelware games and charging an arm and a leg for them, officially tanking Nintendo once and for all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WoodenSaucer View Post
    Now Iwata will finally be able to act upon his master plan of releasing HD'ified Wii Sports shovelware games and charging an arm and a leg for them, officially tanking Nintendo once and for all.

    (sorry guys)
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    Quote Originally Posted by starwarsfan541 View Post
    He was supposed to be CEO instead of Iwata, but Yamuachi and him had a falling out over Arawaka's plans for the company.
    What were the plans that lead to the falling out?
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    What if a console was alive and active for 10-12 years? I think SEGA was going for that, they just botched it. Now it seems Sony and MS are doing the same thing in a different way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kahhhhyle View Post
    What were the plans that lead to the falling out?
    All we know is a "difference over their respective visions for the company"

    According to a lot of sources, Yamuachi did not get along with his family members very well, and in particular Arawaka.

    10% is a lot of stock if he gets it, that would bring IWata down to 66% approval if Arawaka wants the job, I wouldnt bthink it would be hard to get a bit more.

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    I don't think Iwata is going to be president after March 2014.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dustin View Post
    I don't think Iwata is going to be president after March 2014.
    If Arawaka were to come back, I think he would fix things with western third parties, he was the one who got Star Wars Rogue Squadron Exclusivity on the N64/ GC and Starcraft on the N64.

    Relations with western third parties really decayed when he left NoA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leeroy View Post
    He was president of nintendo America right?
    He was the founder and President for 22 years.

    If he did inherit the stock, he is now the one of the if not the most powerful person in the company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starwarsfan541 View Post
    He was the founder and President for 22 years.

    If he did inherit the stock, he is now the one of the if not the most powerful person in the company.
    See people? This is the correct way to answer a question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leeroy View Post
    See people? This is the correct way to answer a question.

    its not that, its just that should be common knowledge for a nintendo fan. if you grew up with nintendo, how would you not know that?


    its ok though, you didnt grow up in the same era aw we did. you were born way after the n64 came out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yoshifan3 View Post
    its not that, its just that should be common knowledge for a nintendo fan. if you grew up with nintendo, how would you not know that?
    I didn't know, no need to get anal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leeroy View Post
    See people? This is the correct way to answer a question.
    I really hope he has inhierted the stock, he was a great President of NoA, he could easily influence the company without being CEO as well.

    Because of him we got exclusive games like the Star Wars Rogue Squadron trilogy and other western games.

    Look at the western support for the GC before and after the left as CEO of NoA during the GC and N64 eras.

    Quote Originally Posted by Yoshifan3 View Post
    its not that, its just that should be common knowledge for a nintendo fan. if you grew up with nintendo, how would you not know that?


    its ok though, you didnt grow up in the same era aw we did. you were born way after the n64 came out.
    Thats rather insulting, I didnt know until I worked on my Time lines.

    I had heard of him, but I didnt know his relation to Yamuachi or third party exclusives.

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    important stuff to know bro

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leeroy View Post
    I didn't know, no need to get anal.

    i edited my post to make it nicer

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    Quote Originally Posted by starwarsfan541 View Post
    I really hope he has inhierted the stock, he was a great President of NoA, he could easily influence the company without being CEO as well.

    Because of him we got exclusive games like the Star Wars Rogue Squadron trilogy and other western games.

    Look at the western support for the GC before and after the left as CEO of NoA during the GC and N64 eras.
    Well I think the loss of third parties was more to do with cartridges and mini discs mor than anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leeroy View Post
    Well I think the loss of third parties was more to do with cartridges and mini discs mor than anything else.
    No, that was the loss of Japanese support due to carts, we still got western support during the N64 and beginning of the GC eras.

    Mainly due to him negotiating with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeviousOne View Post
    I hope reggie inherits the stock he deserves it Iwata deserves a swift kick in the ass
    I think you have it backwards lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by fzeroplease View Post
    I think you have it backwards lol
    I want Arawaka

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    I think that Iwata will continue to run the company. Even though he has made mistakes, he does communicate to consumers with Nintendo Directs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by starwarsfan541 View Post
    I want Arawaka
    why him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicgill View Post
    I think that Iwata will continue to run the company. Even though he has made mistakes, he does communicate to consumers with Nintendo Directs.
    Not to mention he's made nintendo a lot of money

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leeroy View Post
    Not to mention he's made nintendo a lot of money
    I also respect his work ethic and views on lay-offs.
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    So because Iwata communitcates via a pre recorded video with consumer it makes his various mistakes ok?

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    Iwata has an obvious lack of business sense and so back behind the scene funny how on every direct they always show reggie last
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeviousOne View Post
    Iwata has an obvious lack of business sense and so back behind the scene funny how on every direct they always show reggie last
    Does Reggie even know HOW to run a company? I'm pretty sure he barely has an idea on how to do his current job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeviousOne View Post
    Iwata has an obvious lack of business sense and so back behind the scene funny how on every direct they always show reggie last
    lol yeah the wii and ds under his leadership tanked, almost nobody bought them. making tons of money is horrible for business lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicgill View Post
    Does Reggie even know HOW to run a company? I'm pretty sure he barely has an idea on how to do his current job.
    i agree, he is a good pr guy, i would even say an excellant one as he doesnt mind lying, or misrepresenting the truth. business senes, i have yet to see vision from him
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    Quote Originally Posted by fzeroplease View Post
    i agree, he is a good pr guy, i would even say an excellant one as he doesnt mind lying, or misrepresenting the truth. business senes, i have yet to see vision from him
    He is I buissines man. Lying is in his job description.

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