GoNintendo recently spoke to Zelda Williams, but that wasn’t their only guest of honor this week. They also had the opportunity to get a statement from Reggie Fils-Aime, Chief Operating Officer of Nintendo of America. Although this marks the 10th anniversary of Reggie’s time with Nintendo, his relationship with Nintendo started long before he was hired. If your body is ready, hit the jump to see what Reggie had to say about his fondness for Nintendo and why he loves the company so much.
To Reggie, Nintendo is so special because of the way it helped him connect with his children, from when they were young even to this current day. I can very much relate. I was six years old when I got A Link to the Past, much like Reggie’s son, and played for hours on end with my own father, much like Reggie did with his son. Reggie talks about the various games he has bonded with his children over, even before he was hired by Nintendo. There is one common theme in all of this, and that is that Nintendo brings families together. I know it did for my own family, and in this case, for Reggie as well.
“This year marks my tenth anniversary at Nintendo, and people say, ‘Wow—you’ve been with Nintendo for a decade!’
Wrong—I’ve been ‘with’ them a lot longer than that. After all the money I’d spent over the years on Nintendo products, the least they could have done was hire me!
When my oldest son was six, we both played The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, on separate files. One night, long after everyone else had gone to bed, I stayed up into the wee hours trying to figure out how to avoid all the flying Firebats and get the best of Ganon in that final battle. No luck—but I spent most of the next day at work figuring out my plan of attack. So I sped home, and rushed through the door…only to hear my son yelling with delight. Yep—he had opened my file and just finished off Ganon as I arrived. I think that moment defines the term ‘mixed emotions’.
So, fast forward a couple years and this time it’s my second son, at the ripe old age of four, screaming with joy as he finished the story mode in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior. I snapped a picture, all grins and thumbs up—and sent it off to Nintendo Power. I mean, he was four—how could they not love this? Years later, when I got to Nintendo, I asked the Nintendo Power publisher … the same one that would have been there in the mid-nineties, if he knew why the picture never ran. For some odd reason, he didn’t remember it. Maybe it got lost in the mail.
Well, by the time my boys were older and we got deep into three-person multi-player on Goldeneye 007, I was just there for window dressing. All they really cared about was blasting each other. Of course, that gave me time to occasionally get the Golden Gun—and THAT was the thing that would finally get them to think about Dad.
And in the interest of full disclosure, I guess I should also mention that my daughter has also enjoyed her time schooling me on Mario Kart … everything from Double Dash to Mario Kart 7.
So, despite the incredible amount of hours I spent by myself in the old days with Final Fantasy II and Chrono Trigger and Secret of Mana, I guess the biggest reason I love Nintendo is the same one a lot of people mention—the way it’s helped connect me with my family.
Happy holiday gaming everyone!“
Nintendo has helped bring families together for nearly 30 years and still continues to do so to this day. They have shaped a generation of gamers and the gaming industry as a whole, making the industry into what it has become today. Regardless of what you may think of the direction Nintendo is heading in, they have always stayed true to their roots and have created content that entire families can enjoy. This is what distinguishes Nintendo from the likes of Microsoft and Sony and what makes them so special. They have a legacy of excellence and have done this for a very long time, and will hopefully continue to help connect families for many years to come.
Congratulations on a wonderful year Reggie and have a happy holiday season!