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Reggie Criticises "Insatiable" Nintendo Fanbase

Jonathan Lester
E3, Nintendo, Reggie Fils-Aime

Reggie Criticises "Insatiable" Nintendo Fanbase

"We Gave Them Pikmin. And Then They Say: What Else?"

Nintendo Of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime has hit back at disgruntled fans who grumbled about their E3 showcase, labelling them as "insatiable" despite revealing several major games like Pikmin 3 and New Super Mario Bros U. According to the popular figurehead, "the gaming community is unable to differentiate between a phenomenon and something that is ho-hum."

Yikes. Full story below.

Fils-Aime discussed the fan reaction to Nintendo's E3 press conference as part of an interview with Kotaku, speaking out against a large number of disappointed gamers. Apparently the popular exec feels that the fanbase are never satisfied, regardless of what Nintendo reveal - even when they get what they want.

"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."

"I mean, it is insatiable. 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: Damn it 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?

"I have heard people say, you know, you've got these fantastic franchises. Beyond what you're doing in Smash Bros, isn't there a way to leverage all these franchises? So we create Nintendo Land and they say: Ho-hum. Give me more. It's an interesting challenge."

Reggie also suggested that the community has trouble differentiating between something "ho-hum" and a bona fide phenomenon, using Wii Fit as an example.

"What's the fan community reaction? Ho-hum, until it sells millions of copies. When we showed Wii Fit on stage... go back and read your blogs, what was the reaction? It's a question of, as a gamer, is this for me and something I can get excited about? And Wii Fit did not get that reaction. And yet it sold 43 million copies around the world. It's a phenomenon."

We were somewhat disappointed with Nintendo's E3 media briefing ourselves (though I rather enjoyed it), and even president Satoru Iwata recently admitted that they had trouble getting all their points across.

Where do you stand, gamers? Are we entitled and insatiable? Should we cut Ninty a break? Let us know in the comments.

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Breadster  Jun. 25, 2012 at 14:18

What portion of Wii Fit's sales are to actual gamers? It's not even a game ffs. Pikmin is great, but it's one game for a new console, and a Mario game surely can't be expected to still generate excitement. I'm sure it will be relatively fun but come on, there's only been like a billion of them. There are unfortunately many things besides quality that generate sales. How many albums has Usher sold? And we all saw the Microsoft conference (apologies for reminding everyone).

It's the casuals that have made the Wii such a success, but they're not the kind of people who will talk about games on the internet.

I'm not necessarily saying Nintendo shouldn't cater to casual gamers, but don't start moaning when the more serious gamers criticize your lineup. The only games I liked the look of on the Wii U were Pikmin, Scribblenauts and that p-100 game, and they're not enough to warrant buying a new console. You need some incredible games to warrant investing in new tech, and "new super paper Mario brothers rpg galaxy party" does not make the cut.

[email protected]  Jun. 25, 2012 at 14:46

And this is the problem with Nintendo, a lack of choice.
I'm sick to death of that little fat dude.

If they come out with a Wii U Olympics, well Mario can go take a run and jump for all I care.

Imadeupmyaddy  Jun. 25, 2012 at 15:07

These days for me, Nintendo = handheld console not home entertainment. Albeit I have spent hours on my DS/3DS at home playing, but most of those games are not available on the wii, and to be fair the gfx on the 3ds are probably better than the wii anyway (sarc).

The Wii catered to cheap family fun, even my granny had one, never played it but it sat under the tele gathering dust, with the wii fit board, it will soon be under the bed or in the attic with all the other "fitness" gear - it truly is a phenomenon that this happened to a console.

davidpanik  Jun. 25, 2012 at 16:37

He seems to be getting confused between "showing a game" and "showing a decent game". If they'd shown an amazing new, 3D Mario game rather than just a DLC pack for Mario Brothers Wii then there would have been more enthusiasm.

This mentality is part of what made me fall out of love with the Wii - the only people who knew how to make decent games for it were Nintendo and they only put something out like every two years.


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