According to Nintendo Of America’s Reggie Fils-Aime, gamers are a bunch who always want more, and even when you give them more, their thirst is never quenched. He says it’s “insatiable”.
That’s what Fils-Aime told Kotaku, something he says is actually encouraging but at the same time disturbing.
“One of the things that, on one hand, I love and, on the other hand, that troubles me tremendously about not only our fanbase but about the gaming community at large is that, whenever you share information, the perspective is, ‘Thank you, but I want more.’ ‘Thank you, but give me more.’ I mean, it is insatiable,” he said.
“And so 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?’ For years, this community have said, ‘Damnit 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.’ So it’s an interesting challenge.”
To that end, Fils-Aime said gamers sometimes don’t know what they want until they experience it, using Wii Fit as a perfect example to expound on his belief.
“It’s a phenomenon,” he said, “and so I would argue that the gaming community actually is unable to differentiate between a phenomenon and something that is ‘ho-hum.’ [That is] Until they play it. Until they experience it. Until their friends and their non-gaming associates say, ‘Hey, have you seen X?’”
Nintendo’s latest console, Wii U, sees a release later this year. The company said it’s working with third-party partners to bring a myriad of great experiences to the console, including Assassin’s Creed III, Black Ops 2, Darksiders II, Aliens: Colonial Marines and much more.