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Reggie talks 3DS NA sales Vs. Japan, third party support

by rawmeatcowboy
28 September 2012
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"When he said that (Iwata saying 3DS was weak in NA/EU), I had a sharp pain in my neck. It was in the middle of the night, and I viscerally reacted to it. The fact of the matter is that Japan is doing better than the North American marketplace. That is a factually true statement. It's driven by the strong level of support that they've had from Japanese third-party publishers. There's been a number of games like Monster Hunter that did big numbers. But just as important, there was a group of games in the Japanese market that did between 250,000 units and half a million units. Those sustained that gamer desire to have something new on a regular basis.

At the same point of the life cycle, DS had actually had two holidays, and even with that, Nintendo 3DS is about a million units ahead in terms of installed base versus the DS base... so we're tracking well. In the end, this is a business. [Publishers] need to look at the opportunity as far as how much they're going to sell versus the investment and make a business decision.

We always engage with third-party publishers about their content and help them make smart decisions. Whether that's Western publishers or Japanese publishers. There are opportunities for some of these games to come to the Americas. There have been times when we've published those games in that type of show of support. We've certainly encouraged it." - Reggie Fils-Aime