Nintendo‘s annual shareholder meeting took an unusual twist when a fan purchased shares with the intention to voice their concerns about Splatoon 3. This incident, reported by Twitter user NStyles (via VGC), who attended the meeting, sheds light on a fan’s frustration regarding the perceived preferential treatment of female characters in the game’s customization options.
According to NStyles, during the Q&A session, a fan passionately expressed their dissatisfaction with the disparity in customization options available to male and female characters in Splatoon 3. Specifically, they highlighted the differences in hairstyles and emotes, emphasizing the limited choices for male characters.
The fan’s rant reportedly echoed through the meeting for an extended period, despite attempts from Nintendo president Shunturo Furukawa to intervene by stating that the question was too long. Finally, the fan concluded their rant, and Furukawa, in response, conveyed his appreciation for the fan’s interest in playing their game and acknowledged their opinion as valuable.
Following the shareholder meeting, Twitter user Haruikatako revealed themselves as the individual who posed the question. To ensure an opportunity to address their concerns directly, Haruikatako invested a significant sum of ¥512,000 ($3,570) in Nintendo shares, subsequently attending the meeting.
The user also shared photographs of multiple letters they had previously sent to Nintendo on the same topic, expressing disappointment at the lack of response received. This, ultimately, led them to take more proactive measures by purchasing shares in the company.
Interestingly, this incident is not the first time a Nintendo shareholder meeting has witnessed such a passionate plea from a fan. Last year, a shareholder used the platform to request the release of a new F-Zero game.
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