Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime gets irritated whenever someone claims that Nintendo lost hardcore gamers due to Wii. He says that he knows people who spend hours a day playing games on Wii. Fils-Aime admits that Wii lacked multi-platform games from “key publishers,” but promises that Wii U will be different. According to Fils-Aime, the Wii U’s capabilities provide a “huge competitive advantage versus where Nintendo was with the Wii.”
Would you admit that, with Wii, Nintendo lost some of the hardcore gaming audience?
“You know, I really chafe at that comment. Define the hardcore. I know people who are playing Smash Bros. Brawl competitively today. They’re playing hours on that game. People are playing hours on New Super Mario Bros.”
“What I’ll tell you is that with the Wii we did not have the benefit of multiplatform games from key publishers. I didn’t have The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I didn’t have the best of the Call of Duty games. That’s what I missed.”
“With the Wii U’s graphics capability, processing power, and HD-output, we’ll get those games. That’s a huge competitive advantage versus where we were with the Wii.”