We know the former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé was a big fan of Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda and the Metroid series long before he took on the role, but he wasn’t exactly the ultimate collector. Despite revealing he had “over 80 games” for the Super Nintendo not long ago, it turns out he didn’t own a GameCube when he applied for a role at the company.
Speaking to the Present Value podcast, Reggie said at the time he was interviewed (in 2003), he had an original Xbox and a PlayStation 2 in terms of modern systems, but did not actually own Nintendo’s latest hardware. Here’s exactly what was said (thanks to Nintendo Enthusiast for the transcript):
I knew Nintendo; I knew its franchises. I owned not only a Super NES but a Nintendo 64. I’d owned a PlayStation 2; I owned an Xbox — they were all in my house. Interestingly, at the time I was interviewing with Nintendo, I did not own a GameCube. So, as a consumer, I could see issues and opportunities. I could have a sense of where the needs were not only from a sales and marketing perspective, which was the role I was being hired into, but just from an overall perspective.
He makes a great point, really. By owning all of the other modern platforms, Reggie was able to identify the “issues” and “opportunities” and that gave him a greater perspective, allowing him to improve the situation on the Nintendo front.
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