Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata interviews Yoshinori Ono

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • February 24, 2011 at 8:42 a.m. PST
Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata interviews Yoshinori Ono A 6-part interview with Capcom's Yoshinori Ono, conducted by Nintendo CEO, Satoru Iwata, is available for your viewing pleasure.

This covers a lot of Ono's past experience working on video games, and of course gets into some Street Fighter stuff. Here's a snip.

Ono: When I was being interviewed overseas for another title, the last question almost everyone asked me was, "When will we get a sequel for Street Fighter?" People asked me that a lot. The reason I thought the series was over after Street Fighter III24 was because of the same mistake I had made with Shadow of Rome. I had only considered the same consumers who were diehard fans of the series. 24. Street Fighter III: First released in the arcades by Capcom Co., Ltd. in 1997 and subsequently ported over to home consoles.

Iwata: But those were your most passionate fans.

Ono: Right. They were also the loudest people who made their voices heard. I really understood how they felt, so I thought their voices were everything. But I didn't realize there were other people to whom the game could not resonate with at all until just about four or five years ago.

Iwata: If it weren't for that big failure you mentioned, you probably still wouldn't have realized it by now.

Ono: Yes. I realized there were people who were waiting for it. I decided to seriously revamp the franchise from the bottom up.

Also, in somewhat related news, Nintendo's 3DS is going on tour in the UK giving gamers a chance to play the 3DS version of SSF4.

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