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Reggie Fils-Aime Video Interview with GameSpot

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Reggie Fils-Aime sat down with GameSpot to discuss the Nintendo Digital Event, fan feedback, the Nintendo World Championship, Zelda Wii U and more. Hit the link to get a summary of the interview in text.

Thanks to Nintendo Everything for the rundown.

– Nintendo sees how people are reacting to the Digital Event through real-time social media, what people are commenting on
– Reggie says Star Fox Zero has been showing really well, big lines on the show floor
– Super Mario Maker, Yoshi’s Woolly World did well also
– Reggie says Metroid Prime: Federation Force “is a tough concept”
– Nintendo tried to communicate that there’s no Samus, gameplay is different in the Digital Event
– Since they heard that it wasn’t entirely clear, Nintendo spent time on Metroid Prime: FF during Treehouse Live
– Reggie heard that the reaction to Blast Ball “has been quite fabulous” from those who have played it
– Nintendo World Championships targets for simultaneous views, VOD views immediately after
– Both of those targets were blown away
– Nintendo doesn’t have a formula for E3 that is locked in for years
– Super Mario’s anniversary, Super Mario Maker, Splatoon made sense for the Nintendo World Championships to return
– Feedback of the NWC was phenomenal, so Nintendo will consider how they might do it more regularly
– Nintendo wanted to showcase games launching in the 6-9 months at E3
– Reggie said Nintendo breaks its own rules “all the time”, but this is generally the company’s mentality
– Nintendo was worried that “showing wonderful footage” of Zelda Wii U “would lead to further disappointment on behalf of the fans”
– Nintendo will have many opportunities to show Zelda Wii U
– Reggie has seen how Zelda Wii U has been progressing, and it will be “wonderful”
– Nintendo also feels that it had more than enough content for E3, so they didn’t want to pour salt on wounds
– “The state of the Wii U is quite strong”, had a strong year
– Nintendo feels that if it continues putting out great software, it’ll drive the install base
– “The support we’re getting from third-parties continues to be there”
– Reggie says the Skylanders announcement “has been incredibly well-received”
– Splatoon “performing exceptionally well”
– Strong sell-through for Splatoon globally
– Nintendo’s online presentations are done internally, though they have some external support
– For Nintendo’s E3 2015 announcement video, there was a script, but some things were made up as they went along like Reggie firing Bill (this was unscripted)
– With the Nintendo Direct Micro, they thought it’d be fun for Bill to be small, working his way up
– Nintendo is “extremely pleased with amiibo”
– Nintendo knows there is some frustration with amiibo, and is committed to improving the flow of product, which Reggie says they’re delivered on
– During the 30-day time period for the most recent amiibo launch, Nintendo sold through about 1 million units
– Nintendo is now looking forward to the different forms of amiibo
– Nintendo will continue experimenting with the amiibo form factor
– For a dedicated amiibo game, Nintendo isn’t announcing anything
– However, the Treehouse team and Reggie visit Japan and share their wishes with the developers, and have communicated that there is a strong opportunity for an amiibo-dedicated game
– Nintendo will continue delivering unique, compelling, and differentiated experiences
– Tomodachi Life was one of last year’s big surprises
– EarthBound: Nintendo knows about the love for the franchise, thought Beginnings was a great way to service the fans
– Nintendo knows the love is there for EarthBound, and will see what happens
– In terms of releasing Beginnings, there are a lot of consumers who don’t know the fundametal series, and thought it’d be best to bring them back to the beginning
– Reggie says the industry loves focusing on the shiny new thing, which is currently virtual reality
– Reggie believes that VR will take off when it’s inherently fun and socialable/shareable

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  • 7thlevel JR

    next time pick an interviewer who asks hard and straight questions, not ass kissers, i would have loved to see geoff keighley tear reggie a new one

  • CapableTie

    I saw an interview with Shawn Layden (PlayStation boss) that changed my opinion on him.
    It’s on the PlayStation YouTube channel if any of you are interested.

  • Mythosa

    The two step about Metroid Prime Federation Force was kinda funny.
    Good interview for the most part.

  • Kidking17

    I’m going to the Nintendo World Store on Tuesday, and I’m hoping I find the Amiibo’s I want there. Honestly I have no idea how some of you guys are finding these things because I can’t find them.

    • Titangamecube

      We are Wizards.

      • GeneralBrown178

        You’re a Wizard Titan!!

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/Gkerbz4 Kerbizzle

      It’s just a matter of looking in the right places. There’s been at least 10 Sonic amiibo’s in every store I’ve been to since they were released.

    • Wonder Dean

      There were like five pac-mans and two Silver Marios at an out of the way gamestop I went to the day Wave 4 released.

      • Kidking17

        I have yet to see a Pac Man or a Silver Mario lol.
        The ones I’m looking to get are Captain Falcon and the Fire Emblem characters, I already have Mario,Link,Pikachu,Samus, and Fox

        • Wonder Dean

          Amazon is a good place if you’re will to shell out more dough than usual. That’s how I got Toad.

  • ednice

    Come on Reggie…

  • Ohsnap123

    “Nintendo was worried that ‘showing wonderful footage’ of Zelda Wii U ‘would lead to further disappointment on behalf of the fans'”

    I’m sorry, but this is a really bad excuse

    • Titangamecube

      Are you familiar with the Zelda curse? Every game afterwards sucks then we realize its actually good. Not to mention, do you really want the SMT x Fire Emblem situation to happen again?

      • Ohsnap123

        From what I gather, it seems to be because of the delay, not because people would think the game sucks. People have already seen what the game looks like, so I highly doubt that’s the reason.

    • Mythosa

      That’s one point I actually really agree with. If it’s still not going to be till holiday 2016, that’s exactly what it will do.

  • CapableTie

    I’ll put it this way, Nintendo lost e3 for me, but they won 2015.
    I’m really excited for Fast Racing Neo, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Yoshi’s Whooly World, StarFox Zero, and Super Mario Maker.

    • GeneralBrown178

      indeed, lots of great games coming :)

  • Prütsa

    That’s my dude.

  • awang0718

    Classic PR talk.

    • Titangamecube

      Just like every other company right? Or does it only fall to Nintendo?

      • Ohsnap123

        Where in his comment did he say that only Nintendo does that? Seeing his kind of comment for ANY representative that talks for a certain gaming company isn’t new.

        • Titangamecube

          Why is it only on a Nintendo video? And strangely after, what I call, the butthurt of E3? Other companies do it all the time and guess what, Nintendo does PR talk all the time but only Nintendo gets the scrutiny for it.

          • Ohsnap123

            Well, what I find funny is that Sony and Microsoft will do it, and all I’ll see in the comments is “just the usual PR talk” or whatever else and everybody agrees. As soon as somebody says it about Nintendo, however, there’s an issue.

          • Titangamecube

            Not after the past few days. People were defending Sony over Shenmue 3 because some people called out Sony, rightfully so, over the shadiness of it.

      • awang0718

        Yep. Just like every other company.

        • Titangamecube

          Alright then :)

          • awang0718

            Note that I only made that comment on this article because most interviews I have read aren’t quite this extensive.