Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata Thinks It’s A Good Sign That People Don’t "Get" The Wii Vitality Sensor

Wii Vitality Sensor


Addressing investors on various topics (including Nintendo’s poor press conference at E3 2009), Nintendo president Satoru Iwata made a curious comment on why the Wii Vitality Sensor is getting such a flat response:

"When we make some new announcement and if there is no positive initial reaction from the market, I try to think of it as a good sign because that can be interpreted as people reacting to something groundbreaking."

A lot of writers are railing on Iwata for this comment, calling him out of touch or ridiculously optimistic, but I think he has a point. When rumors of the Nintendo DS first surfaced, most of my industry friends thought it was stupid. When it looked like Nintendo was going with an underpowered console with a motion controller, most of my industry friends thought it was amazingly lame. Nintendo has been serving up tons of crow over the last few years.

All that said, there’s one significant difference between the Wii Vitality Sensor and the two aforementioned gaming systems — everyone I know was charmed when they first saw the DS and Wii in action. The same cannot be said for the Vitality Sensor, which left almost everyone I know with a profound sense of, "WTF?!?"

What do you make of Iwata’s comments? Does he have a point? Is he out of touch? Or maybe all the money he’s made off of the DS and Wii have made him an eternal optimist?



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