Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime gives reasons for as to how the new Wii U console differs from Kinect for Xbox 360. Fils-Aime claims that there are not a lot of games to play on Kinect. Fils-Aime says the controllers for the Wii U are a lot more precise than Kinect. He also says the new console offers a much richer multiplayer experience, compared to Microsoft’s Kinect.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has told MTV that he would love to see the Grand Theft Auto franchise come to Wii U. However, Take-Two chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick said that he was incredibly skeptical about the console, when he spoke to journalists back in June. Here’s what Reggie had to say about Grand Theft Auto V and Wii U.
“The folks there have said very nice public comments about the Wii U.”
“In the end, it is Nintendo’s responsibility to have a large installed base, to have development tools that help the developers and publishers create great content, and essentially create an environment where teams like Rockstar can bring their very best content to our platform, and if we do that hopefully the very best content throughout the entire industry will show up on Wii U.”
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime, along with Kotaku’s Stephen Totilo and GameTrailers TV’s Geoff Keighley, visited Nintendo fans in the Wii U launch line near the Nintendo World Store, after his appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
During his visit, a Nintendo fan requested that Nintendo makes its next handheld region free, so that consumers won’t have to pay for an expensive imported Nintendo 3DS from Japan in order to play Project X Zone, for example. Fils-Aime replied to the fan by saying he’s sorry.
Nintendo Fan: Can you make the next [Nintendo] handheld region free? Because I have Project X Zone, and I can’t play it… So I need $300 to import the Japanese version.
Reggie Fils-Aime: Sorry about that.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has admitted that he’s confident that Wii U will be able to fend off the next Xbox console and PlayStation 4. Fils-Aime also went on to say that Wii U will have a very long and prosperous life, and it’s going to be very well supported by third-party publishers.
“It’s based on having great graphics, it’s based on having a robust online execution,” he said. “We believe that this system is going to have a very long life, and it’s going to be very well supported by third-party publishers.”
“Once you talk about what that is [next Xbox and PlayStation4], we can probably fend it off.”
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has confessed that any time consumers spend on rival devices is ultimately a missed opportunity for the Kyoto based company. Reggie also reiterated that Nintendo is – and always will be – an entertainment company, and that they hope to expand on this with the introduction of Wii U.
“I think what the Wii U does is further show that our vision is this broader entertainment landscape. Because in the end the time that consumer spends in any form of entertainment that’s not on our device is a missed opportunity for us.”
“I think that we already see ourselves as an entertainment company. I think that certainly as we launch the Wii U, as consumers experience Nintendo TV, I think consumers will also see us as a broader entertainment company.”
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has explained that the company wanted to see just how well both Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story sold in Europe before committing resources to either game. Fils-Aime also said that there’s a lot of buzz related to Monolith Soft’s forthcoming Wii U game in Japan. He said that Nintendo of America would love to publish it dependant on the level of marketing support, how many copy’s it will sell, and whether it will be a profitable venture for Nintendo America.
“We know that they’re working on a game. I personally haven’t seen it, but I know there’s a lot of excitement in Japan and Kyoto about what they’re working on, so I look forward to seeing it. In the end, if it’s a game that we decide to publish from… what would be a second-party standpoint, certainly we’d love to bring it here to the US. The way we look at the opportunity is, given a level of marketing support, how much are we gonna sell and is it gonna be a profitable venture?”
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime believes that Miiverse is the system’s killer application. Reggie went on to say that the Wii U social network is a “paradigm shift” that consumers need to experience to fully understand. He also believes that Miiverse will be a “key differentiator” for Nintendo against its competitors.
“As the network grows and the installed base grows, it will prove to be a true killer application for the system, and I say this loving what we have done with Nintendo TVii and loving all the games.”
“Until you try it and experience it, you may not totally understand it.”
“People have to leave the current paradigm behind to understand what we are trying to do. Miiverse is going to be embedded right on the game platform, so literally some of the activity will be able to happen immediately as people experience it.”
A couple Wii U details were shared during today’s GT.TV interview with Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. Fils-Aime confirmed Nintendo is publishing Wii U exclusive Bayonetta 2 worldwide. Legendary Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo EAD and Retro Studios are apparently working on ‘fantastic projects’ for the new console. Depending on their progress, Nintendo may reveal Wii U’s new projects before, during or after E3 2013.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime will be appearing on Game Trailers TV this evening with host Geoff Keighley to discuss all things Nintendo. It will be an event worth watching as there always seems to be slightly heated debates when Fils-Aime and Keighley are pitted together. You can watch a sneak peak of the event right here.