New Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has offered a glimpse into his style of management in comments made during a Q&A following the company's 2015 financial-year third-quarter results, which fell short of expectations.
Nintendo posted its quarterly results in early February, but the interview was only recently translated into English. In it, Kimishima, who replaced Satoru Iwata after his untimely death last July, discusses the importance of youth to the company's future.
"When I became president, I stated that my role was to continue to proceed on the course that I helped to set with President Iwata and the rest of the management at that time. The ideas of our young employees are also key to our ability to transition to the next generation and to continue to produce exciting ideas," he said.
"It is important to structure our organisation so that these young people can take active roles. We have worked to establish such an organisation; one that will allow our employees to reach their full potential in many different areas. It may be difficult to see from outside of the company, but we have made major changes. For example, our game developers have not had much of a public presence in the past, but we would like to create more and more opportunities for you to get to know them in the future."
Kimishima has appointed as president ahead of a very important year for Nintendo, which will see the company reveal its next games-dedicated hardware, codenamed NX. All we know for sure is that it will be revealed, but numerous reports have stated that it may also be released at the tail end of 2016.
In regards to the forthcoming NX, Kimishima was, of course, tight-lipped. "We do not plan to speak about NX today. We continue development and planning efforts for NX in preparation for launch," he said.