The Regginator talks Wii and reveals which famous franchise is to usher in the console's online multiplayer service.
February 09, 2007 - The President and CCO of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime, has taken part in a new interview with A+E Interactive at this year's D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate and Entertain) Summit.
Fils-Aime said that he expects that Wii will surpass the installed base of the Xbox 360 with the current sales rate it is experiencing. "The question is when," he said. "That's going to be driven by our own sales rate and getting good software released at the right time. It's clear they are slowing down. It's not unthinkable to see that next year we could surpass their installed base."
"When you're as rich as Bill is, you can say anything," he said, responding to Bill Gates' claim that the Xbox 360 is not in direct competition with Wii. "They have done some things that are brilliant at Microsoft. We want to bring gaming back to the masses. Consumers are voting with their wallets and pocketbooks."
Many, including Microsoft, have said that Wii is limited in terms of what it offers, and that the new gameplay possibilities will wear off like a novelty. "I wonder if they saw Zelda? It has 90 hours of game play," Fils-Aime responded.
Fils-Aime said that Sony's PlayStation 3 inventory is "stacking up worldwide" because the system's too expensive and doesn't have the right games. He added that Sony made a big bet on Blu-ray and on the price that consumers are willing to pay for a games console. Additionally, he described the high definition format war as a "bloody battle that won't be resolved soon."
Fils-Aime was pleased at Wii making more appearances in pop culture, including the recent TV moments, and revealed that Nintendo's only received a minor number of requests for wrist strap replacements. He also said the death of a woman in a contest vying for a Wii was unfortunate.
Sports titles have traditionally been the weak spot of Nintendo's systems, but Fils-Aime believes the company will score points when the likes of SSX Blur and Tiger Woods arrive on Wii.
He also said Metroid Prime 3 looks and plays excellent on Wii and insisted that it'll end the debate over the aiming problems experienced by past FPS games on the console.
He also confirmed that Pokemon Battle Revolution will be the first game to bring online gaming to Wii in the west, following the game's entrance into Japan last year, with the notorious friend codes system. In regards to other online-enabled titles, Fils-Aime confirmed that development kits have been made available and that more games are coming.
Finally, he concluded, "We're about moving to the next rocket stage in our growth."