Lorne Lanning, creator of classic platformer Oddworld, has recently made some controversial comments regarding Nintendo and it’s recently passed away ex-president Satoru Iwata.
Discussing the direction Nintendo have been heading in recent years, Lanning said the following:
“The thinking has to change. The biggest problem I see at Nintendo is the thinking. Personally, I think it killed Iwata; that he couldn’t move the organisation into a really successful arena.”
He went on to say:
“It’s a tragedy because Nintendo brought this business back… we’re all playing today because of Nintendo’s valiantness – then they controlled quality, they had controls which were really part of its longevity and made the game business a valid space again.”
After being criticized for his comments about the much-loved ex-president on Twitter, Lanning went on to say his statement was phrased “rather poorly”, which is putting it very mildly to say the least.
I phrased rather poorly a statement regarding a man i have always had tremendous amount of respect and admiration for.
— Lorne Lanning (@lorne_lanning) July 8, 2017
In case you hadn’t guessed, Lanning isn’t the biggest fan of Nintendo, and went on to say he had no faith in Nintendo based on his previous experience with them:
“I don’t have faith. I have no faith. It’s due to experience. I see a similar level of success than they had with previous generations. Wii U, Wii.
By the end of the life of the Wii, who else was making money aside from Nintendo? How many titles sold for the Wii that weren’t Nintendo first-party?”
The comments were made on Kinda Funny’s GameOverGreggy Show, which you can see below. Conversation about the Switch starts at the 12:00 mark.