No one is bound to succeed or fail. Some people’s chances are better than others but I don’t believe luck plays into this. There was no luck associated with SMB’s success. The game is praised for the controls and level design, two things that were focused on during development and two things that Ed and I pride ourselves on. We fought for our spot on XBLA, we negotiated like crazy, we scrounged to come up with money for development all the while we worked extremely hard and stayed honest with ourselves to make something we knew we could make well. We set ourselves up for success.
So when I see people that have less than me say that “I got lucky” I greatly resent that. I worked hard and I worked smart. Luck has nothing to do with it.