Things may not be stellar lately at Nintendo, but today the company received a very special kind of endorsement, directly from Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Abe-san was speaking to the Diet during the assembly of the budget committee (livestreamed on Nico Nico) and brought up Nintendo as an example to follow:
For instance, there’s a certain company named Nintendo. They used to make Hanafuda playing cards, but the popularity of said cards has dropped over time. However the company named Nintendo could not protect their Hanafuda cards business by doing just that.
They developed top-notch video game consoles with the help of technology, and that allowed them to protect their traditional Hanafuda cards at the same time. I think there’s a point to be learned from that.
Nintendo is indeed very keen on preserving its traditions and ways of doing business. Will Japan manage to spur the growth of its economy by learning from Kyoto’s historical game developer? We’ll have to wait and see about that.