Nintendo of America’s president has an interesting response to people who weren’t impressed by its E3 showing.
Reggie Fils-Aime said that fans are just “insatiable” and cannot be pleased, in a recent interview with Kotaku.com. He was quoted as saying, “One of the things that, on one hand, I love and, on the other hand, that troubles tremendously about not only our fanbase but the gaming community at large is that, whenever you show information, the perspective is: ‘Thank you, but I want more. Thank you, but give me more.'”
Nintendo received a lot of criticism earlier this month for having a lackluster E3 presence. Fils-Aime was talking about those criticisms in the interview.
“For years this community has been asking, ‘Where’s Pikmin? Where’s Pikmin? Where’s Pikmin?’ We give them Pikmin. And then they say: ‘What else?’ For years this community has said: ‘Dammit Reggie, when you launch, you better launch with a Mario game’. So we launch with a Mario game, and they say, ‘So, what’s more?'”
What Fils-Aime didn’t really pick up on is that, at least from our perspective, the issue wasn’t with the games. Those were solid. What we wanted to see was why the Wii U will stand up to the competition.
What could be the most exciting part of the Wii U – Nintendo’s new online Miiverse network – was only briefly touched on. We know that the new Mario game will sell millions of Wii U units, but so did Super Mario Galaxy and New Super Mario Bros Wii. Those weren’t the problem with the Wii. It was attracting the hardcore gamer and getting decent third-party content that caused problems.
At least one thing Nintendo has learned – it promised to keep the Wii U launch price reasonable, so as to prevent the same kind of sluggish sales that plagued the $250 3DS.