February 26th, 2012, 01:20 Posted By: wraggster
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has hit out at Japanese news outlet Nikkei for employing what he describes as "gossip magazine techniques."
Earlier this week Nikkei's website ran a story which claimed Nintendo was looking to revive other publishers' back catalogues on 3DS, claiming oddball Dreamcast pet sim Seaman would be among the first.
However, it also apparently attributed to Iwata a quote saying that, unless Nintendo changed its ways as a matter of urgency, it would collapse. Iwata took umbrage at this part of the article, and vented his spleen on Twitter.
"On Monday there was an inaccurate report online," he wrote, according to Kotaku's translation. "This sort of thing has continued repeatedly, with no context, self-serving language, and the blurring of truth and fiction.
"I'm astonished to see gossip magazine techniques being used."
Kotaku points out, however, that Nintendo has a history of dismissing reports in the Japanese media that turn out to be broadly correct. And, given the obvious shifts in thinking at Nintendo following the poor launch of 3DS - a loss-making price cut and a reversed stance on DLC, to name but two - it's not impossible to imagine that Iwata might have said it, or something like it.
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