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Nintendo won't shut up about cross-play as if we're all goldfish

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In a recent shareholder meeting, Nintendo's head honchos, president Tatsumi Kimishima and director Shinya Takahashi, were asked to comment on the sudden fall in share price, as well as their "interest" in cross-play with other platforms.

Of course, once you remove the layer of linguistic niceties, you're basically left with the question of - what's up with Sony and Fortnite, because it's pretty much on everyone's lips.

Kimishima said that he'd rather refrain from commenting on Fortnite and Minecraft, seeing as how they're not Nintendo's titles to begin with. Senior executive officer Susumu Tanaka, on the other hand, pointed out that the fluffylitarian company is inclined to "help publishers incorporate cross-play when that is what they want."

Having said that, Tanaka did say that other parties also have their part to play in these decisions, which is why Nintendo "will continue to discuss it with them." Peculiar words coming from Nintendo. Will continue? I must've not been paying attention these past few decades. 

Of course, Nintendo may have been reluctant to discuss Fortnite's or Minecraft's cross-play but they sure as hell weren't reluctant to take cheap shots at Phony in the Minecraft trailer, which you can see in the video above. Heck, just about every statement on this is nothing but meticulously crafted inputting of falsified historical information.

If you had asked me just a few years back to name the most antisocial gaming platforms, I'd blurt out Nintendo any day of the week. This Apple of the East has been so prolific in controlling their platforms that they stuck to cartridges when all the world was going crazy over CDs.

To be fair, they were never as third-party hostile as Atari and Sega may have been, but they instead forced them into questionable contracts, securing their exclusivity in the process and ensuring they pay for at least 10,000, all of which are made by Nintendo. There's much, much more, but I think this shows Nintendo's core philosophy at work. But sure, we've forgotten all about that so Nintendo is great, yaay.

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Asked to comment the dropping share price, which stems from the market watchers' who Nintendon't believe that the company has any surprises left up their sleeve, Kimishima and Takanashi said that their best way forward is to keep doing what they're doing, in hope that the market will realise they're wrong.

You can find the full shareholder Q&A here.