Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has been busy fielding press interviews and this time he was cornered by Kotaku. The publication asked Reggie a range of questions including ones about Nintendo’s upcoming voice chat solution as well as the much-requested Virtual Console service, which has yet to be announced for the Nintendo Switch. You can read the full interview here, but for now here’s a few choice extracts.
On why in the world Nintendo is going to require use of a mobile phone when using voice-chat for the Switch, given that everyone else, and even Nintendo, has previously done console voice-chat directly through the console:
Fils-Aime: We actually think that the phone is going to deliver a better, more robust execution. In terms of the APIs that we can build into an app, the fact that phones are ubiquitous, the fact that it allows us to do much more rapid improvements and updates to the service, that’s why we think a phone execution—and specifically a mobile app execution—is going to be better for the consumer.
Totilo: But it’s going to require a phone no matter what?
Fils-Aime: It’s going to require a phone. It’s going to require a mobile device and be delivered by an app.
Totilo: Do you plan to sell your older games to people? People got used to that with Wii and Wii U as downloads.
Fils-Aime: What we’ve said is that as we communicate the specifics of the Nintendo Switch online service then at that point we’ll communicate what it is we’re doing with our legacy content.
Totilo: It’d be great to be able to download and play some GameCube games on my Switch, Reggie. I’m just telling you.
Fils-Aime: I see a lot of consumers hoping and wishing for that online.