Amiibo have proven to be incredibly popular here in the west and there’s certain figures going for a pretty penny on Amazon and eBay. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime is aware of this and says that they didn’t quite anticipate the demand for certain figures. Reggie wouldn’t confirm whether the rarer Amiibo figures would be coming back, but he did say that the company doesn’t want to leave any opportunity uncovered.
“Fils-Aime said it’s a new business for Nintendo and it’s still trying to balance supply and demand.”
With high-demand Amiibos “We’re looking hard at addressing that opportunity,” he said, without committing to making more of those most sought-after and collectible models.
“We don’t want to leave any opportunity uncovered with these figures,” he said.
Nintendo has taken a hit as of late with declining sales of the Nintendo 3DS and lack of third party support on Wii U, but Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime feels like the company is currently on the rebound. Wii U sales have improved and the company’s Amiibo figures have been extremely popular.
Asked if the company is now on a rebound, Fils-Aime said it’s “doing better this year than we did last year” but it’s still working to expand its user base.
“The way I would frame it: Our goal is to drive an ongoing positive trajectory,” he said in an interview at the Redmond headquarters.
“Certainly with the momentum we’re seeing with our hardware, the momentum we’re seeing with our key software titles, that gives us a lot of confidence,” he said.
Nintendo of America certainly have a sense of humour as they’ve teased fans that an Amiibo based on Reggie Fils-Aime will eventually be coming to stores. That hasn’t stopped fans from clamouring on FaceBook that they do indeed want an Amiibo based on the Nintendo of America president. I honestly don’t think anyone would be able to handle the power that a Reggie Amiibo would possess.
Reggie Fils-amiibo: coming soon to a store near you!
Reggie Fils-amiibo is known to cause uncontrollable Smash attacks and is not safe to use against human Super Smash Bros. players. Reggie Fils-amiibo is not a real amiibo and will not be sold now or ever.
News publication Forbes recently had the opportunity to sit down with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime to discuss the all-important holiday season. During the interview Reggie talks about the difference between the Wii U and its rivals, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the interview, above.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime is convinced that the Wii U is better value for money than the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One despite the lack of third-party support. Reggie points towards the brilliant Mario Kart 8 and the new Super Mario 3D World and Nintendo Land bundle as evidence of this.
“The good news, for us, is that we’re presenting the best value right now in new home consoles. $299, includes two games; it’s a compelling proposition for consumers this holiday.”
“We convince them with the games. So as an example, you can only play Mario Kart 8 – this fabulous game that has sold millions of copies across the world – only on the Wii U because of the enhanced capabilities, the HD graphics, the new elements that we bring to bear for that particular game.
“For us the message is simple; [if] you want to play these great games, you want to have these fantastic experiences, you have to upgrade to the Wii U.”
Nintendo has revealed that Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the Wii U console’s most pre-ordered title to date. Pre-orders for the upcoming fighting game have even surpassed those of Mario Kart 8, according to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime. The Nintendo executive also believes that Super Smash Bros. will drastically improve Wii U sales. The Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. launches November 21st in North America and November 28th in Europe. If you have any questions for Fils-Aime, be sure to ask them during his Twitter takeover later today.
“The launch of Mario Kart 8 has essentially doubled our Wii U sales year-on-year,” Fils-Aime said. “Our expectation is that the sell-through for Smash is going to be very strong, certainly on par with what we saw with Mario Kart 8. We think the impact on hardware will be similarly dramatic.”
“Consumers buy the hardware so they can play the software. When you have a robust library of games, that’s when consumers jump in.”
Got a question you are dying to get answered by Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime? Well you’re in luck as Reggie will be taking over the Nintendo of America Twitter account to answer fans questions about upcoming Nintendo 3DS and Wii U games. Hopefully we will learn something new, rather than the standard PR responses. Be sure to check Twitter at around 5:30 PM ET.