'Die-hard' Nintendo fan spent over $40,000 buying stock and then asked top executives why the company won't make more of a fan-favorite series
The person told Insider he'd "been playing Nintendo games since I was a child" and called himself a "die-hard fan."
A gamer said he spent over 5.6 million Japanese yen, or over $40,000 if translated to US dollars, on Nintendo stock, and used his opportunity to ask a question during the Japanese gaming giant's annual shareholder meeting Wednesday about a fan-favorite series he wants to see revived.
The fan asked Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa if it has considered relaunching some fan-favorite game franchises, specifically "F-Zero," which was a racing-game series that hasn't had a new entry released since 2004. The fan, who is based in Japan and used an online translator to communicate, told Insider over Twitter direct messages that he bought 100 shares at 56,430 yen per share (or over $400 per share in today's dollars) in February after selling his stock in another company. He wished to remain anonymous for privacy, but his Twitter handle translates to Momiji. He told Insider that he is a "diehard Nintendo fan."
He was granted the opportunity to attend the shareholder meeting after buying one unit of stock (100 shares), but said it wasn't guaranteed that he would be able to ask a question. That was just a "bonus."
"I have been playing Nintendo games since I was a child," Momiji told Insider. "Among them, I can't get enough of that sense of speed of 'F-Zero.'" Executives said it's realistically difficult to develop new titles and remakes, including sequels, for every Nintendo game that people request"