In a recent interview, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé was rather bluntly asked whether Wii U can be seen as a necessary failure.
He immediately pointed to earlier comments in that it was necessary to the company to create a far more enthusiastically received concept in Nintendo Switch.
Fils-Aimé then moved on to reflect on how many players are hoping that GameCube titles will be added to the Virtual Console service, even though the console ranks among the company’s weakest-selling hardware.
“I don’t recall who said it but, one of our executives said something similar — I think it might have been Mr. Miyamoto, the last time he was here in New York, where he made the comment ‘I hope consumers look back at Wii U as a necessary step, in order to get to Nintendo Switch.’ Which is another way of saying what you did,” Fils-Aimé said in response to TIME.
“And it’s interesting, you know, as consumers think back, the fondness and the memories shift. I joined the company as GameCube was ending its life. And as we look at the install base of the platform, certainly it’s not one of our higher install base platforms. And yet it seems the talk now is all about how consumers are hoping that there’s a GameCube Virtual Console, which I just find interesting.
“But yes, you can look at Nintendo Switch and certainly see a lineage, not only to Wii U, but as our Switch presentation highlighted, really to so many of our historical platforms. And there is certainly no mistake in that.”
Nintendo Switch will launch worldwide on Friday 3rd March, priced at £279.99 ($299.99).