This is actually pretty cool. 1UP managed to get some time with ex-Team Ninja boss Tomonobu Itagaki whilst drunk at Waseda University. Here's a good bit:
You look at, for instance, back in World War II. You had aerial dogfight battle with 600 planes on each side. And then, as we got into say the Korean War, and now it's say maybe 50 or 60. And in modern times, with modern jet planes, you only need one or two to fight a battle. So you certainly see a progression like that. So, I do look on it as someone who likes fighter planes and thinks that they're really cool. The fact that fighter planes themselves have dwindled in number is certainly something that is somewhat regretful. But I still like fighter planes, and I think they're the coolest type of plane there is.
One thing I will say is that, definitely, you have to have at least some fighter planes. Any country that doesn't have fighter planes is destined to be extinct. In that metaphor, I think that game companies that aren't able to do high-end development, or don't have developers who can work on high-end hardware are destined to ultimately be obsolete in the market. Make sense?
Course it does. Loads more through there.