Despite the recently disappointing second quarter financial report, which sees the Wii U failing to hit its sales mark by a considerable amount, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata confirmed that the company isn’t planning on cutting back on its staff or other resources to increase profitability.
During a Q&A session, Iwata sated that Nintendo’s fortunes will turn around if they start developing quality software in healthy quantities.
“If you believe that there is no possibility of Nintendo’s results improving, then you would be right about it being necessary to review the structure of the workforce and the company itself to match the scale of the business,” Iwata said. “However, I believe that there are upward and downward swings in the video game business, that Nintendo has the potential to be a larger-scale business, and that in order to achieve that potential, good developers, localization capability, and the ability to sell overseas are necessary.”
Nintendo have added hundreds of workers in the last half-decade while their sales numbers have seen a decline. But Iwata reiterated that they need the workforce and cutting jobs isn’t the right approach.
“We need a company with a lot of muscle, but a company that also has no excess fat–one that makes smart spending decisions,” Iwata said. “Restructuring the workforce is not the first option we consider even when cost-cutting is required. I would like you to understand that this is because we do not see a dark future for Nintendo.”
The Wii U has only been able to sell 3.91 million units since its launch last year. But Nintendo are releasing Super Mario 3D world on November 22 and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on December 6. The system will also have Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. next year. So these releases might just help the consoles out.