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Reggie Fils-Aime: "Without Wii U, we would not have Nintendo Switch"

Many of the limitations of the Wii U lead to the innovations in Nintendo Switch.


Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime sat down for a thirty minute chat at GeekWire Summit to talk about the company's business. Moderator Todd Bishop, co-founder of GeekWire, asked a number of interesting questions, One interesting moment was when the discussion shifted to Wii U and its influence on Nintendo Switch.

Reggie Fils-Aime told the crowd at GeekWire Summit that "Without Wii U, we would not have the Nintendo Switch, in terms of what we learned and, importantly, what we heard from our consumers. They told us, 'I want to play with this gamepad on the Wii U, but as soon as I get more than 30 feet away, it disconnects.' The core concept of taking it any time, that was compelling."

It is very true that the Wii U felt like a stepping stone that has lead us to Nintendo Switch. When Shacknews visited Nintendo of America HQ in Redmond, Washington during PAX West, I noticed a Wii U set up in the lobby. It was playing Breath of the Wild, and was a subtle reminder of just how underappreciated the console was by most gamers. 


Asif Khan is the Luminary and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

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