Investor Q&As are usually opportunities to find out more about future plans or get clarification on certain key financial metrics directly from the heads of companies. But one Nintendo shareholder took the opportunity to grill executives like Shigeru Miyamoto what their favorite games are.
Nintendo has released an official transcript of the Q&A portion from its most recent shareholder’s meeting. There, someone asked the board of executives — which includes Miyamoto, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa, senior executive officer Ko Shiota, senior managing executive officer Shinya Takahashi, and senior executive officer Satoru Shibata — what their favorite games are.
“People holding important positions at Nintendo should at least like games,” the shareholder asked. “In order to get to know each director candidate as a person, I’d like to know about their favorite games.”
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A lot of the executives stick to Nintendo or Nintendo-adjacent games in their answers, so don’t expect a lot of third-party titles in the responses.
Furukawa says he plays most of Nintendo’s first-party titles as well as games “from other companies” but specifically cites playing “a lot of the Hanafuda card game in Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics.”
Miyamoto says he plays the games he himself created so he hasn’t “been influenced much by the games of other companies.” That said, Miyamoto says early games that inspired him are Pac-Man and Tetris and that currently he and his wife are “hooked on Pokemon Go.”
Miyamoto calls Niantic’s AR game “ a dream come true of playing a game with my whole family” and that he, his wife, and neighbors have been playing together for the past two years. He also jokes that the average age of Pokemon Go players in Japan is probably 60.
Shiota, who oversees Nintendo hardware, says his background makes him gravitate towards physical products like Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, which he plays with his kids.
Shibata says he likes adventure games and recently finished the re-released Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir and The Girl Who Stands Behind on the Nintendo Switch. Shibata also cites his love for Shin Onigashima, an adventure game released for the Famicom.
Takahashi, who is in charge of first-party software, says he has a soft spot for a lesser-known adventure game from the Famicom-era called Yuyuki.
So there you have it, the Nintendo executives’ favorite games. Elsewhere in the Q&A, Furukawa was asked about reports of a new Switch model, and while the president of Nintendo declined to comment about new hardware during the Q&A, a few hours after the transcription was released Nintendo officially announced the OLED Switch.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor.