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Nintendo: talk of company's financials is "silly", says Miyamoto

Nintendo veteran Shigeru Miyamoto has called chatter around the company's financials "silly" in a new interview. The developer believes that the focus should lie on Nintendo's games, not the business side.

When asked about Nintendo missing its financial forecasts last year, Miyamoto told GI.biz, "Well, first of all, the entertainment industry is one that is inherently unstable and if people decide that they no longer need entertainment anymore then there's no way for you to make money off of that.

"Because of the waves in the entertainment industry and the way the cycles move, personally I feel that aiming for a specific numerical goal is almost silly, and instead our focus should be on doing our best to create something that's new and unique.

"So all of this talk of 'Oh is Nintendo going to hit its numbers? Is Mr. Iwata responsible?' and all these discussions I think are just silly ones to have because Mr. Iwata is managing our company and I don't think there's anyone better to manage it than him."

Miyamoto added, "I'm really focused on creating the most fun and unique experiences I can so that the entertainment can appeal to a very broad audience, and we're having fun doing that. So certainly I think there are other industries where I think their chance to appeal to a broad audience has been lost, but I still think within our industry we have a lot of opportunity to do that."

What's your view? Can Nintendo make waves as the growing appetite for gaming hits peaks going into next-gen, or does it face an uphill financial battle against PS4 and Xbox One? Let us know below.

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