In an interview at E3, Kotaku pressed Nintendo of America’s President, Reggie Fils-Aime, about the New Nintendo 3DS and its limited release in North America. Since the American launch of the New Nintendo 3DS in February, fans and collectors have been clamoring for the smaller-screened New Nintendo 3DS (instead of the XL), largely due to the smaller size, interesting button color-scheme, and swappable face-plates. While Nintendo has no official announcements, Reggie did say:
We’ve certainly taken note of all of the readers and consumers that expressed desire for the base model.
While this isn’t much of a hint, Reggie let the following slip after he was pressed again:
We analyzed the results in Japan and saw the lion’s share of the volume was on the XL model, and that’s with no 2DS existing in the Japanese market. And so as we thought about: ‘What’s the best line-up for us?’ We thought the new XL and 2DS would be our best line-up. Not going to make any promises but, you know, I would suggest to your readers [at Kotaku] that they stay tuned and maybe some special SKUs might show up.
What do you think? Should we be getting our hopes up regarding swappable face-plates in our near future?
The Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Aime, has sat down in an interview with Polygon to talk about the Wii U and its somewhat troubled start. Reggie reckons the bumpy start for the Wii U is down to the lack of good games that showed the console off at launch. Miyamoto has also been speaking about the struggles of the Wii U and what factors he thinks are responsible. The sales tend to speed up and slow down again every so often, but they’re hoping the current momentum will continue. He said:
“This industry is all about content. I can map out why the Wii took off at launch, it had two killer pieces at launch: Twilight Princess, Wii Sports. Look at our DS business. Our DS business was OK, but it was the launch of DS Lite, the launch of Nintendogs, the launch of the first New Super Mario Bros. where that system sort of dramatically took off.”
“So what happened with Wii U? Once the software came that showcased the capabilities of the system, guess what happened? The hardware took off.”
“I think it began holiday of 2013 as we prepped those launches that gave us some momentum. Then Mario Kart 8 hit, then it was Smash. I think it really was holiday of ’13, when we started to get the momentum.”
A good chunk of this year’s E3 Conference was all about ‘virtual reality’ technology, with the Oculus Rift, Morpheus and the HoloLens. It’s the next big thing. So, where is Nintendo’s answer to VR? Seems like there isn’t one. In an interview with Polygon, they asked Reggie Fils-Aime if there was a “Virtual Boy 2″ on the horizon. He said that VR isn’t fun or social enough yet, dismissing the idea of Nintendo adding their own VR technology to the mix. Do you agree with him, or should Nintendo jump on the bandwagon? Check out his full response:
We have knowledge of the technical space, and we’ve been experimenting with this for a long, long time,” Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime. “What we believe is that, in order for this technology to move forward, you need to make it fun and you need to make it social. I haven’t walked the floor, so I can’t say in terms of what’s on the floor today, but at least based on what I’ve seen to date, it’s not fun, and it’s not social. It’s just tech.
Update: We have been told to delete all the Ryu, Roy Smash Bros posts via Nintendo so I will have to take them down.
YouTube channel, GameChap, have began somewhat of a campaign against a copyright claim Nintendo of America filed against their video focusing on the Super Smash Bros. leaks. They received the copyright complaint and had to remove the video, but are adamant there was no copyright issue and have been singled out, as other channels reporting the news had no such problem. They’re asking people to get involved and get behind them on YouTube and Twitter. What do you think of the dispute?
And it’s closed! The Humble Bundle offer of paying whatever amount you want for some great indie Nintendo games has come to a close, and seemed to be quite the success. Apparently, they sold 82,500 bundles at an average price of $9.18, which estimates that they made around $750,000. Not too shabby! Hopefully we’ll see the return of the Humble Bundle or something similar soon. What did you think of the offer?
The 16 finalists of the Nintendo World Championships will battle it out playing none other than the very first Legend of Zelda for the NES. On June 14th, you can watch the competition live at 3pm PT to see how it unfolds. What do you think of this choice of game for the Championships?
Nintendo of America has lifted the ink tank lid and stated that Ranked Battles in Splatoon could be unlocked very soon. Following the third-person shooter’s release yesterday, the company has revealed via Twitter that the “Splatometer” is filling up fast with many players managing to reach Level 10 or more. And given how quick the lobbies are filling up, there’s clearly many Wii U players splattering each other online for hours on end.
In our review, we noted that online content was spread a little thin at launch with only five maps and one game mode. With ranked battles releasing soon, online battles will become much more intense in Splat Zones – an additional mode where each team fights to take control of smaller zoned areas on the map. Have you managed to reach Level 10 yet, splattering many players in the process? Let us know in the comment section below.