A cache of a quarter-million spreadsheets, emails, and other personal documents from Nintendo of America — obtained by the website WiiLeaks and made available to Bitmob and other organizations — offer an unprecedented look into the inner workings of a major console and software manufacturer.
Among the revelations:
Executives at NOA engaged in lengthy and candid discussions in 2006 over the term "Wii" and its possible sophomoric connotations.
Recent high-level memos express concern that a rumored merger between EA and Activision would reshape the gaming landscape.
NOA secretly approached Sony and Microsoft to include God of War's Kratos and Halo's Master Chief in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Nintendo software is currently running internally on the iPhone as a contingency "should the 3DS fail to meet projections."
WiiLeaks is believed to have received the trove of information from a disgruntled QA tester — known only by the Friend Code 3875-9283-5739 — who downloaded the content to his Wii SD card.
The leaks have sent shudders through the publishing community, with some companies vowing to impose even stricter embargoes on pre-release information and require non-disclosure agreements signed in blood.
After the jump, find an excerpt from a memo concerning the possible EA/Activision merger. Certain names have been redacted to protect confidential sources.
Parody made possible by the actual release of sensitive government documents by the website WikiLeaks.