Yeah, yeah, Nintendo’s president told investors the Wii Vitality Sensor has been canned. But he says that every year, just about. What fascinated me about his Q&A with shareholders was the fact Nintendo employees think the chow at the company’s cafeteria is pretty bad.
From the transcript:
“I heard that the quality of the company cafeteria is not so good from one of my acquaintances who works for Nintendo. I think you should ensure that everybody is able to enjoy eating at the cafeteria as a part of the employee welfare program and improve internal communication among employees.”
To that, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata replied:
“We regularly hear the same opinion when we gather feedback from employees. However, opinions vary considerably by individual and not all the employees agree with this. Still I examine such an opinion as an issue of the company because we receive such feedback constantly. Thank you.”
While Iwata didn’t say the cafeteria didn’t suck, notice there’s not a denial that it does: “We regularly hear the same opinion,” and “we receive such feedback constantly,” sound to me like a guy who knows the grub ain’t so hot. Hell, at least they have a cafeteria.
The Q&A at an annual shareholders’ meeting can be kind of a free-for-all. Many folks have their own specific, sometimes petty issues of concern and are delighted to get the top honcho to respond to them.
A year ago someone complained to Iwata about getting lost in the subway trying to get to Nintendo’s Kyoto headquarters. And earlier in this Q&A someone asked for Virtual Boy games on the 3DS. (Take that, Reggie!) Iwata’s reply to that was no more commital than his response on the cafeteria: “I believe your comment is that we should take advantage of our software assets from Virtual Boy and I would like to take note of that advice for the future.”
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