There is unrest within upper management in Nintendo, according to the Japanese website Business Journal and reported by Nintendo Everything. The site claims that Nintendo management is unhappy with President Satoru Iwata refusing to release games on smartphones.
Iwata alone has vetoed demands to release Nintendo IPs on smartphones, according to a Tweet from Nintendo Analist Dr Serkan Toto. Iwata has reiterated that "Nintendo’s strength is in unified development of game hardware and software." He has consistently rejected the idea of smartphones, because they are digital only.
There is also a rumor in the report that managers are looking to get rid of Iwata. Managers who oppose Iwata would want the son of the previous President of Nintendo to become the next President. An insider has stated that there is cultural friction within the company, because Iwata originally came from outside Nintendo.
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