Sunday, January 23

Reggie Fils-Aimé, former president of Nintendo of America, had PS2 and Xbox before GameCube

Reggie Fils-Aim left the presidency of Nintendo of America in 2019, but he is undoubtedly one of the personalities most associated with Nintendo for his appearances at trade shows and interviews for more than a decade. That is why his appearance at an event dedicated to Xbox has been, to say the least, quite curious, both for him and for the rest of the speakers in a talk about the history of Microsoft consoles.

“Right now you’re probably wondering what the former president and CEO of Nintendo of America is doing at an Xbox event,” said Reggie, who knew this would be one of the questions from many viewers. “I don’t know either,” he replied jokingly.

The talk consisted of Bonnie Ross, head of 343 Industries, Peter Moore – vice president of entertainment for several years – Ed Fries – who was vice president of Microsoft Game Studios – and Robbie Bach, former head of Xbox. The group spoke about the past, present and future of Xbox, creativity and innovation, including the creation of Xbox – a subject in which to deepen a documentary on the occasion of the 20 years of the brand – but also topics such as Dreamcast and the popularization of online gambling,

Former Nintendo of America president had PS2 and Xbox before GameCube

Logically, Reggie contributed his point of view to the evolution of the industry and made several references to Nintendo consoles, from “pride to innovation” to the Nintendo DS with its two screens, a touch screen – the first consumer device with one of its kind – or Wii. When Moore talks about watching 3D sports “hopefully” on a Microsoft Surface, Reggie replies “maybe on your Nintendo 3DS.”

“During that generation Wii was the best-selling console”The moderator recalled when he had the opportunity, which was answered by Bach asking if they were talking about units or sales in dollars; Moore pointed out: “Distributed or sold to players?”

Reggie had PS2 and Xbox before GameCube

The former Nintendo director acknowledges that he was not part of the video game industry when Xbox was launched on the market and that at that time “It was the consumer prototype that had a PlayStation 2. I had owned a Nintendo 64. I was thinking about Gamecube, but didn’t buy it until I joined Nintendo, “in 2003 as executive vice president of sales and marketing. Reggie would become famous at E3 2004, publicly announcing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Metroid Prime 2.

In fact, Xbox also came into your home before Nintendo’s console in that generation. “My son, a great gamer, was the one who said ‘we have to see this Xbox’“and the game that interested the young man was none other than Halo. “That’s the experience that brought the original Xbox into my house, with that big pad. That’s my memory with Xbox, from the very beginning.”

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