Nintendo’s outrageous fortunes
The BBC recently unveiled they will be airing a series of three documentaries on some of the world’s most famous brands, those brands been Disney, Bacardi, and the most interesting of these been Nintendo. The set are part of a new curiously titled “Outrageous Fortunes” series, which explores the personalities behind the three companies and the substantial riches they’ve accrued over the years.
The first of these documentaries to air will be the Nintendo based one, which we will see next week on the BBC Three, which reports on industry legends Shigeru Miyamoto and Hiroshi Yamauchi. In particular it will focuses on how Miyamoto created Nintendo’s most successful games and franchises, including The Legend of Zelda and Mario Bros and how Nintendo President Yamauchi personally profited over $1.4 billion from their sales.
The have stated that they will interview Mr. Yamauchi’s son-in-law Minoru Arakawa, who presided over Nintendo of America during the NES’s 1980s and 1990s heyday. The subject of the interview “why [Arakawa] forfeited his entitlement to game royalties and what the future holds for the once-mighty Nintendo.”
A more controversial part of the review will air thoughts on more serious accusations against Nintendo. Namely, those that believe some of their games “without warning” caused seizures to their children and then how Nintendo supposedly lied in court. A large portion of the documentary is devoted to the seizure angle, and Howard Lincoln will be interviewed about “how safe Nintendo games are”.
Anyone without BBC Three don’t fret, the documentary will most probably air on one of those late night “BBC Three on BBC1” time slots, and should also air as repeats at more respectable time on BBC 1 or 2 at a later time this year.