Former Nintendo America president Reggie Fils-Aimé recently spoke to CNET about his new book Interrupt the game.
While the usual amount of Nintendo-related questions popped up, Reggie had a little extra to share on this particular occasion. First, he does not expect Nintendo to revive these “mini-consoles” as SNES and NES classics now that it has a strong way of delivering older content via 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 older systems like the GameCube and Wii, and really take advantage of this aspect of Nintendo. Here is part of the exchange:
On NES Classic, SNES Classic and whether mini consoles will return
Reggie: “Will it come back? Will there be other physical boxes with older content? I do not think so. If I were back on Nintendo for a day, I would be much more focused on: How the company utilizes all the great content, deliver it to the consumer through the online Nintendo experience? Which they do … they post some N64 content, they work with other platformers to bring out some of the older content.But this is where the possibility is Nintendo still has more N64 content to exploit.
They have GameCube content to take advantage of, they have Wii content. I see this future of digitally delivered content for you, the consumer, as just this budding opportunity I want to continue to take advantage of. “
The last time we checked in on SNES and NES Mini, the total sales of the systems had exceeded the ten million mark. While it’s a pretty incredible feat for the re-release of two older consoles, Switch Online is generating a lot more interest, with subscriptions (from November last year) exceeding 32 million users.
The system itself has also moved more than 107 million units as of March 31, 2022 – meaning that Nintendo Switch Online and Expansion Pack subscriptions are likely to continue to increase.
What do you think of Reggie’s comments regarding Switch Online? Should Nintendo monopolize now-classic systems like the GameCube and Wii, in addition to the N64? This follows the news Pokémon Snap coming to the N64 Switch Online library next week. Following this release, the only other known games planned for this library include Custom Robo and its sequel, which are currently exclusive to Japan’s NSO service.