Nintendo was seen to be starving loyal gamers of the more 'hardcore' titles at this year's E3, but Reggie feels gaming enthusiasts are simply insatiable, according to comments made in an interview with Venture Beat. Below is the quote from the interview, showing how Reggie believes Mario Kart, Smash Bros. and even Wii Fit should be enough to keep gamers content:
VentureBeat: Do you think your upcoming hardcore games will answer complaints people had a few months ago at E3 about Nintendo ignoring hardcore gamers?
Reginald Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo of America: The gaming enthusiast that buys a tremendous amount of games is truly insatiable. As an example, in March, we launched “Super Smash Bros. Brawl.” In April, we launched “Mario Kart.” In later April, we launched “Wii Fit.” Then, in July, at E3, they say, “where are the games?” They say they want the next Mario game. “Super Mario Galaxy” isn’t even a year old yet. We believe today that we have shown a plethora of games and genres that can satisfy the most casual to the most core. Even that doesn’t seem like it’s enough.
As for how well Nintendo is doing in general, given how Microsoft has had to close down certain internal studios, Fils-Aime said the following:
VentureBeat: Microsoft’s first-party internal development has deteriorated this year. What’s your trend on hiring game developers?
Reginald Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo of America: You’re referring to the fact that they’re closing studios. Our first-party is doing great. Our staffing has increased. We certainly have a wealth of projects. The Mario team is hard at work. The Zelda team is hard at work. There is a new Pikmin coming.
Despite the unusual comment by Reggie about gamers being insatiable, the line-up of games shown at the October conference should be enough to keep DS and Wii owners happy for at least the time being.