Former Nintendo America president Reggie Fils-Aimé recently had a chat with CNET about his new book Disrupt the game†
While the usual series of Nintendo-related questions cropped up, Reggie had something extra to say on this particular occasion. First, he doesn’t expect Nintendo to revive those “mini-consoles” like the SNES and NES classics now that it has a strong way to deliver legacy content through the Switch Online service.
In his opinion, he thinks Nintendo should focus its energy and efforts on delivering “more” N64 content, and maybe even some other legacy systems like the GameCube and Wii, and really take advantage of this aspect of Nintendo. Here’s part of the exchange:
Returning to the NES Classic, SNES Classic, and or mini consoles
Reggie: “Is it coming back? Will there be other physical boxes of legacy content? I don’t think so. If I were back at Nintendo one day, I’d be a lot more focused on how the company is leveraging all of its great content on the consumer through that online Nintendo experience? What they do… they release some N64 content, they partner with other platform holders to bring out some of that legacy content. But therein lies the opportunity Nintendo still has more N64 content to use.
They have GameCube content to use, they have Wii content. I see this future of digitally delivered content to you, the consumer, as this burgeoning opportunity that I would like to continue to seize.”
The last time we checked in on the SNES and NES Mini, the combined sales of the systems had crossed the ten million mark. While it’s a great achievement for the re-release of two legacy consoles, Switch Online is admittedly generating a lot more interest, with subscriptions (from last November) over 32 million users.
The system itself has also shifted more than 107 million units as of March 31, 2022 – meaning Nintendo Switch Online and Expansion Pack subscriptions will likely continue to increase.
What do you think of Reggie’s comments about Switch Online? Should Nintendo, in addition to the N64, monopolize now classic systems such as the GameCube and Wii? This follows the news pokemon snap coming to the N64 Switch Online library next week. After this release, the only other known games planned for this library include: Custom Robo and its sequelwhich are currently exclusive to the Japanese NSO service.