Reggie Fils-Aimé was recently interviewed at Time were he answered some interesting questions that included whether the Wii U was a necessary failure, the Nintendo Switch’s third party support plans, and discussed who the Nintendo Switch is really for.
When asked whether the Wii U was a necessary failure, Reggie was reminded of what Mr. Miyamoto said to him recently and that was “I hope consumers look back at Wii U as a necessary step, in order to get to Nintendo Switch.” which Reggie thought was another way of saying what the interviewer said. Reggie also added that it’s interesting because when he joined Nintendo, it was when the Gamecube was near the end of its cycle and the install base for that console was one of Nintendo’s lowest. However the discussions as of late is about if there’s ever going to be a Gamecube virtual console. So it’s very possible there might be some similarities in the future with the Wii U.
Reggie was then asked if he could “reassure a nervous public that you’re covered this time” in regards to third party support. He said he couldn’t say much, but if the question was for Nintendo’s first parties, he can say that Nintendo’s “pipeline is quite robust, in what we are working on and that we will deliver next year and early into the year after that.”
It was then added that third parties look for four things from Nintendo which are
- A Straightforward development environment in order to create their games.
- Consumer demographic that’s going to meet their needs for the content they’re creating.
- Large install base
- A full range of ways to monetize their investment
Finally Reggie was asked simply who is the Nintendo Switch for, is it for families, core gamers, or someone else? He responded by saying “Just like every system Nintendo creates, we believe in having a very wide footprint” and that “the footprint for Nintendo Switch will be very broad. Kids, young adults, parents, gamers will occupy that footprint.”
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