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Nintendo President: 'We Are Not Just Blindly Acquiring Companies'

Nintendo President: 'We Are Not Just Blindly Acquiring Companies' - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 18 February 2021 / 2,723 Views

Nintendo announced earlier this year it had acquired Luigi’s Mansion 3 developer Next Level Games.

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa in an interview with Nikkei (and translated by VideoGamesChronicle) was asked about Nintendo acquiring studios and he was rather upfront about his thoughts on this. Furukawa says Nintendo has no interest in just "blindly" buying developers. 

"This is a partner that we have been working with for many years to develop various software, and we decided that we could improve the quality and speed of development by making it a subsidiary and working together," said Furukawa.

Nintendo President: 'We Are Not Just Blindly Acquiring Companies'

"We are not just blindly acquiring companies because we want development resources. We don’t think that simply expanding the scale of our business will really improve the value of the entertainment that Nintendo provides."

One of the biggest acquisitions in gaming history is Microsoft's purchase of Bethesda parent company ZeniMax for $7.5 billion in a deal that is expected to close soon. 


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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30 Comments
KratosLives (on 18 February 2021)

Is he taking a jab at microsoft buying bethesda?

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SvenTheTurkey KratosLives (on 18 February 2021)

It seems more defensive to me. Like warding off future questions of the investors asking what studio will be next.

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Jranation KratosLives (on 18 February 2021)

Or to the people who keep wanting them to buy companies

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mjk45 (on 18 February 2021)

Sounds like a thinly veiled swipe at MS its like he was possessed by the ghost of Hiroshi Yamauchi during that interview.

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Manlytears mjk45 (on 18 February 2021)

You nailed it. For a minute i saw old Yamauchi on this man.

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Tridrakious (on 17 February 2021)

Mic drop

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Trentonater (on 17 February 2021)

That's one of the biggest side-eyes I have seen in an interview.

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DonFerrari (on 18 February 2021)

Same as Sony, they have a different philosophy than MS, plus they already have a good number of stablished studios so no need to rush.

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freebs2 (on 18 February 2021)

Well, you don't really need additional resources when everything you do is ports and remakes.

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Kakadu18 freebs2 (on 18 February 2021)

You think you're funny?

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freebs2 Kakadu18 (on 18 February 2021)

No, I don't find the fact funny either.

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Jranation freebs2 (on 18 February 2021)

Are you talking about the Wii U games?

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freebs2 Jranation (on 18 February 2021)

Also 3DS ports (Miitopia), Gameboy remakes (Link's Awakening), Wii ports (Skyward Sword)

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method114 freebs2 (on 18 February 2021)

and they still somehow bulldozed passed xbox one's numbers like they were nothing. My god how MS has fallen since the days of the 360.

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Azzanation method114 (6 days ago)

You do know Xbox is more profitable now more than ever before right?

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Azzanation (on 18 February 2021)

Odd think to say, i wonder if his hinting at other companies or just telling the audience they don't have any plans on buying company just because they can.

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mjk45 Azzanation (on 18 February 2021)

basically he's saying our acquisitions are targeted at those we see as being close to us ,so don't associate our acquisition with others expansionist policies but it was done in the manner of a put down of MS with the quote "we are not blindly acquiring developers because we want development resources " .

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Azzanation mjk45 (on 18 February 2021)

Its quite an assumption to think MS blindly buy developers.

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mjk45 Azzanation (on 18 February 2021)

the statement is more about perceptions Nintendo don't want to be seen to be
reactionary and they know people will get the inference and that allows them to show their dissatisfaction with those events without naming MS and getting into a war of words.

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errorpwns mjk45 (on 18 February 2021)

Yeah but it is silly to suggest that Microsoft is blindly buying studios. They've worked with Bethesda for years. Since Morrowwind. It wasn't some overnight acquisition of a big company just because.

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mjk45 errorpwns (on 18 February 2021)

I agree

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Cerebralbore101 errorpwns (on 18 February 2021)

By worked with do you mean allowed them to put their games on their systems? Because last I checked there wasn't some sort of Bethesda/MS Studios collaborated game.

And if all you mean is that MS allowed Bethesda games to be published to their platform, then by that logic Sony and even Nintendo have a history of working with Bethesda for a long time.

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I believe the history is rich between MS and Beth. Alot of games Bethesda made were PC only and it was Xboxes appoach to bring them to consoles etc. It goes deeper than that i believe.

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A lot of games Bethesda made were PC only? Sure, in the 90's. By the time the 360/PS3 were around Bethesda was publishing to three different platforms.

I give Xbox a ton of credit for helping to bring formerly PC-Only series to consoles, but Xbox did that just by existing, during the PS2 era. By the time 360/PS3 were around most PC games were headed to consoles by default.

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Goes beyond that. What a terrible take.

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Azzanation errorpwns (6 days ago)

Be my guest to explain, don't let me stop you. Hence why i said "It goes deeper that that"

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Explain it then. And no take is worse than failing to back up what you just said.

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Todd Howard has already said it. The articles are out there. It has been a developmental partnership with Microsoft giving more assistance than just allowing bethesda to publish games on an Xbox.

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Mr Puggsly (on 17 February 2021)

I don't think its something companies blindly do per se... unless its EA.

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V-r0cK (on 18 February 2021)

That's a stupid thing to say. No company just blindly acquires another company.

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