Satoru Iwata has said he was unsure whether he'd be fired before Nintendo's campaign to expand the gaming market was successful.
"In my first year as president my ideas met scepticism, also within the company," he said to German website Spiegel online.
"I was lucky that it worked so quickly. For a long time it wasn't certain what would happen first: That we'd have success with the new console, or that I was fired."
Despite his hesitations, Iwata never doubted that his commitment to expanding the market. "I believed always in the fact that more people would play video games, if the hurdle between them and play became lower than it were and often today still is."
Job for life.
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