Posted on November 19, 2011 AT 08:20am
THE BUZZ: In a recent interview, Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO of Nintendo of America spoke kindly about the upcoming Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. When questioned by AOL on whether or not Skyward Sword is the Wii’s swan song Reggie answered and then gave his humble opinion on Skyward Sword
Well, it is certainly true that the Wii is not over. I was the one who was asked the question originally, and I think some comments were taken out of context. So, what I can say is that there certainly will be more games launched for the Wii. And what I can say is that we believe there are still millions more systems to be sold. And I can say that the Wii will coexist side by side beside the Wii U for some period of time.
I think for any game to compare to Skyward Sword, I think is gonna be a tough challenge. All the reviews aren’t out yet, but I counted this morning there are eight perfect scores. I don’t know if there’s going to be a video game in history that’s going to be able to compare to Skyward Sword. So, to clarify my comments on this, there will be more games for the Wii, we’ll sell more hardware for the Wii and it will coexist side by side to the Wii U. All those things I can commit to, but I can’t commit that there’s going to be another game that will score and be of the caliber of Skyward Sword. I don’t think there’s been one to date.
EGM’s TAKE: That is some answer. We can almost picture interviewer Joe Osborne shifting uncomfortably in his chair as Reggie exquisitely crafted a reality where any game coming out for the Wii after Skyward Sword actually matters, while simultaneously telling him that no other game after will ever matter. At this point Reggie does what Reggie does, and he does it better than anyone else in the business. Not that it’s a bad thing; If there ever was a franchise that gamers would want to be their swan song for a dying platform, The Legend of Zelda would probably be it every time.
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