"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.