Nintendo is well aware of all the complaints that their abysmal E3 showing produced. And the official response from the very top is: please shut the hell up.
In a recent interview with Kotaku, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, when asked what he though of all the negative reaction, responded with:
One of the things that, on one hand, I love and, on the other hand, that troubles me tremendously about not only our fanbase but about the gaming community at large is that, whenever you share information, the perspective is, ‘Thank you, but I want more.’ ‘Thank you, but give me more.’ I mean, it is insatiable.
And so for years this community has been asking, ‘Where’s Pikmin?’ ‘Where’s Pikmin?’ ‘Where’s Pikmin?’ We give them Pikmin. And then they say, ‘What else?’
For years, this community have said, ‘Damnit Reggie, when you launch, you better launch with a Mario game.’ So we launch with a Mario game, and they say, ‘So what’s more?’
I have heard people say, ‘You know, you’ve got these fantastic franchises, beyond what you’re doing in Smash Bros., isn’t there a way to leverage all these franchises?’ So we create Nintendo Land and they say, ‘Ho-hum, give me more.’ So it’s an interesting challenge.
He then goes on to say that Nintendo’s fan base doesn’t understand or appreciate games until they sell a million units, and then all of a sudden, it’s their favorite thing. A curious sentiment to say the least.
On one hand, it’s true; gamers, especially Nintendo diehards, are an entitled lot. As soon as they get something they’ve begging years for, like Pikmin 3 for example, it’s immediately “next.”
Gamers act like they know how to made business decisions, but running a video game company (or any company) is damn hard. If Nintendo were to only follow the directives from dorks on the internet, they’d be long gone.
That being said, those dorks are not shareholders either, so why should they give a rat’s ass if Wii Fit sold a billion units? It’s not for them. It’s also Nintendo’s damn fault for constantly pander to their core users and raising unrealistic expectations.
Nintendo also clearly does not understand their primary fan base as a whole. Much like Aisha Tyler a few weeks back; doesn’t the big N know that gamers are a whiney bunch, and acknowledging them is completely pointless? They should just keep doing what they’re doing and prove everyone wrong.
… Or maybe they don’t know what they’re doing anymore? Which is one of the underlining beefs behind all the bitching and moaning. One that I’m entitled to agree with.