Nintendo’s E3 2012 press conference was a disappointment to many, some people expressing that they wanted something more unexpected and others wanting something specific like a new Legend of Zelda game on Wii U that just wasn’t there. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime struck out against the reaction and defended what Nintendo brought to the table for their press conference.
“One of the things that, on one hand, I love and, on the other hand, that troubles tremendously about not only our fanbase but the gaming community at large is that, whenever you show information, the perspective is: Thank you, but I want more,” noted Fils-Aime. “Thank you, but give me more.”
“I mean, it is insatiable. For years this community has been asking, where’s Pikmin Where’s Pikmin Where’s Pikmin ‘ We give them Pikmin. And then they say: what else ” he added. “For years this community has said: Damn it Reggie, when you launch, you better launch with a Mario game. So we launch with a Mario game, and they say, so, what’s more I have heard people say, you know, you’ve got these fantastic franchises. Beyond what you’re doing in Smash Bros, isn’t there a way to leverage all these franchises So we create Nintendo Land and they say: Ho-hum. Give me more. It’s an interesting challenge.”
“What’s the fan community reaction Ho-hum, until it sells millions of copies. When we showed Wii Fit on stage… go back and read your blogs, what was the reaction It’s a question of, as a gamer, is this for me and something I can get excited about And Wii Fit did not get that reaction. And yet it sold 43 million copies around the world. It’s a phenomenon. And so I would argue that the gaming community is unable to differentiate between a phenomenon and something that is ho-hum,” concluded Fils-Aime.