The holiday season is here, and Nintendo of Europe President Satoru Shibata has reached out to fans with a "Season's Greetings" blog post. It was a trying year for Nintendo, as beloved President and Nintendo Direct host Satoru Iwata passed away in July. It has been a trying year for many Europeans as well, and Shibata reveals in his message that he feels compelled to bring happiness in the face of tragedies.
While some look down on entertainment (and especially video games) as being a waste of time, Shibata believes that tough times are when companies like Nintendo are needed most, because they do all that they can to put smiles on the faces of fans around the world. You can read his full message below.
This is Satoru Shibata from Nintendo of Europe.
I would like to thank you all for your tremendous support of Nintendo in 2015.
With Mr Iwata passing away in July, this year has proven to be a real challenge for us, as well as for me personally. It saddened me not only as president of Nintendo of Europe, but as a fellow Nintendo Direct presenter. Looking back at the overwhelming number of tributes you all have paid, it again brought home to me just how much he was loved.
This year has also seen its share of tragedies in Europe. While some might think this isn’t the time for entertainment, I feel that this is exactly the time that we, as an entertainment company, should be doing everything we can to deliver products that put smiles on the faces of you and all your families.
Earlier this year we released Splatoon and Yoshi’s Woolly World for Wii U, followed later by Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Nintendo presents: New Style Boutique 2 – Fashion Forward for Nintendo 3DS, plus Super Mario Maker for Wii U, among others. Seeing just how many of you have given these games your support, I think that we have been able to contribute at least something towards this goal.
This year I attended a lot of game events including Japan Expo and Paris Games Week in France, Gamescom in Germany, EGX in the UK, Milan Games Week in Italy, and IgroMir in Russia, where I saw many of you enjoying Nintendo’s games. I was often asked when the next Nintendo Direct was coming out as everyone was looking forward to it. I’m truly grateful for your comments!
As we’ve announced in a recent Nintendo Direct already, next year it looks like we will be able to release several titles that Nintendo fans will enjoy. I hope these games will make you smile too!
I hope you all enjoy playing videogames during the Christmas holidays. Personally, I’m looking forward to making some unique Super Mario Maker courses – and singing a bit with Wii Karaoke U too!
See you again in more Nintendo Directs!
I wish you all a Merry Christmas & Happy Gaming!