Here’s a little something missed from Friday. The Wall Street Journal posted an installment of The Big Interview in which they spoke to everybody’s favorite, Reggie Fils-Aime. In the long, 20 minute, soft-spoken interview, they pulled up some key topics about the Wii U and 3DS and how Nintendo is reacting to their record stock drop.
In short, they aren’t, not conventionally anyway. Reggie stated that their drop in shares could be due to disappointment that Nintendo was not yet ready at E3 to talk price or date for the Wii U. When asked if the possible price of the console and complexity of the controller could impact Nintendo, Reggie cited the usual story. One, is that they will size up the value and customer experience to determine price as they did the Wii and second, that E3 showed that users can easily pick up and play the new tablet as easy as they did the Wiimote. From what I pulled from the interview, they plan to let the console speak for itself.
While Reggie gave the old song and dance, he also addressed the sluggish 3DS launch. Though not much compared to the Wii U talk, Reggie did say that the eShop has had over a million transactions so far and that the 3DS is in an upswing. They are confident that the current trends will reverse soon.
It’s obvious that Nintendo won’t budge on the Wii U issues and specifics until they’re ready. I think Nintendo has the right stuff, and the Wii U certainly has the potential, but they still have a lot to prove to those on the fence.