Reggie Fils-Aimé’s new book, Disrupting the Game, is now available for all to purchase. Fans are feverishly digging through the biography to find any new Nintendo tidbits possible, and they’ve come up with a handful of insight and details we haven’t heard before. You can read a round-up of some of those reveals below.

  • a Nintendo recruiter called Reggie back in 2003 to see if he wanted to be the next head of sales and marketing for Nintendo of America
  • Reggie almost didn’t get the job because he requested to talk to Satoru Iwata, which was highly unusual
  • Reggie’s son beat Ganon in Zelda: A Link to the Past on Reggie’s save file without Reggie knowing it
  • Reggie’s ‘My name is Reggie, I’m about kicking ass, I’m about taking names, and we’re about making games.’ originally said, ‘I’m about making games,’ but the line wasn’t sitting right during rehearsals, so it was changed to reflect Nintendo as a whole
  • Iwata approved Reggie’s intro message, including the cursing
  • Reggie suggested Wii Sports should be included with the Wii to showcase the platform
  • Miyamoto was not happy about this and suggested Wii Play might be a better fit for pack-in, but Reggie said it wouldn’t have the same lasting impact, but it could be bundled with a Wii Remote instead
  • Reggie suggested adding sudoku to Brain Age, and Dr. Kawashima loved the idea
  • Reggie doesn’t mention Mother 3 in his book at all
  • Reggie thought he was going to be fired when Iwata was flying out to talk to him after an E3 presentation, but instead, Iwata offered him a promotion
  • Reggie came up with the ‘Wii would like to play’ ad campaign
  • Reggie said he would have preferred if the Game Boy Micro wasn’t launched in the U.S., or had development halted all together

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2y ago

Reggie pushing for Wii Sports pack-in versus Miyamoto’s Wii Play was, in retrospect, a defining moment for Nintendo imo.