A few days back, we shared a video interview with Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning concerning the Switch. Mr. Lanning discussed a number of topics, including some of the struggles Nintendo faced with the Wii U. In that video feature, Mr. Lanning made comment that some took offense to.
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.
Those offended by the comment feel Mr. Lanning's words were either brash or poorly-chosen, in relation to the passing of Mr. Iwata. Lorne has heard that sentiment, and has offered up the following apology via Twitter.
Yesterday, a number of news outlets reported on a conversation I had while appearing on the GameOverGreggy show in April of this year. I would like to sincerely apologize for the poor choice of words concerning Satoru Iwata. My intention was certainly not to disrespect the great man, who I have long held with utmost admiration and respect and consider a hero in the industry.
My comments on Nintendo's current policies and practices as they pertain to the Switch's ecosystem, these are personal opinions. I state them, not to disparage anyone but to encourage what I believe would be a healthier ecosystem that would benefit all involved...platform holder, developer, publisher and, of course, gamer.
I feel Mr. Lanning's words were just poorly chosen, and he didn't mean any negativity towards Mr. Iwata. With that said, it's still nice to see Lorne take to Twitter to offer up an apology.