Fils-Aime gives props to Halo, BioShock, LittleBigPlanet

Publisher's US president confesses to being intrigued by some of the competition's offerings in a new interview with the <i>San Francisco Chronicle</i>.

Although Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime is frequently laser-focused on his message of Wii and DS evangelism in interviews, he isn't above conceding some of his competitors' successes. In a San Francisco Chronicle interview published this weekend, Fils-Aime called out a handful of PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 titles for praise when asked if there were any games on other platforms he wishes were on the Wii.

"I've been very intrigued with LittleBigPlanet (from Sony)," Fils-Aime said. "I don't know that it belongs on their platform."

Fils-Aime also said that Microsoft had done well, particularly with first-person shooters, specifically Halo. "Anyone who would look at that and say, 'No, I think we could live without it,' probably doesn't think real long about this industry," Fils-Aime said. He went on to call BioShock "tremendously clever," and an example of the sort of thought-provoking content he wants to see more of in the gaming industry.

Fils-Aime also addressed industry-watcher assertions that the Wii is a fad. He called those concerns "overblown."

"What we've found is people are playing their Wii consoles frankly more today than the day we launched," Fils-Aime said. "We are finding that consumers are playing a wide range of software much beyond Wii Sports."

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32 comments
EcksBocks360
EcksBocks360

this whole article is a waste of time. Reggie is a human being like everyone else in the game industry, So if he happens to express any type of opinion about Halo 3 or Bioshock, there shouldn't have to be some news article claiming it to be "unusual". Let him have his opinions, even if he is a "ds/wii evangelist."

swamplord666
swamplord666

what i hope is microsoft, Nintendo and sony can get together and put every expertise together to make 1 amazing console in the next gen. But that is something that will never happen...

HAVOK1991
HAVOK1991

If only we could get people on here to accept that games from other systems then their own are good............

Gamer_152
Gamer_152

Wow, now a truely brave man is a person who can go up there and show his true respect for the competiton. Head of one of the largest companies in the industry and still not afraid to do that? That's why Fils-Aime deserves to be where he is today.

cowboywayne
cowboywayne

I just trades my wii for a 360, but I am still a will fanboy. and I love Reggie hes a cool guy. Unlike that pr*ck who said the Wii is a piece of sh*t. that guy has not class.

styphin
styphin

That's cool that he can admit there are good games on other platforms. It's that kind of corporate honesty, integrity and forthrightness that keeps me a Nintendo fan.

mrkame16
mrkame16

What we've found is people are playing their Wii consoles frankly more today than the day we launched," Fils-Aime said. what he means in my opinion is that the original buyers that bought the a sysytem at launch are playing it more now than ever, and not using it as a doorstop or a paper weight like the playstation 3....just kidding* I like the Wii, Weird name thou..the should have keeped the name Revolution. or REV for short.

Vanr
Vanr

Reggie sucks. Moving on...

Dualmask
Dualmask

Nice that he's not a hater. Unlike a lot of fanboys, he can respect the creations of other game companies. And it's true, I don't know about the masses, but I know my Wii gets a lot of play time, and I rarely ever touch Wii Sports.

Dolacide
Dolacide

The man knows the his stuff.

wars45
wars45

ps3 rules watch it sell now r a calnk out then haze and unreal

jboonzaier
jboonzaier

gam3r3OOO what you said makes no sence, if he IS humble then of course he IS NOT arrogant

gam3r3OOO
gam3r3OOO

Sony take notice. I would go as far as saying Fils-Aime is Humble but hes not being completely arrogant either (okay maybe a little).

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

It's actually quite refreshing that Reggie's able to tell the truth about what's great about what the other companies are doing, but given the ridiculous amount of success that Nintendo's having lately, I really can't say that I'm surprised. Nintendo's income and profits have doubled lately, so it's not like he's got any reason to be insecure at all. Anyhow, I do agree that a game like LittleBigPlanet would be perfect for the Wii theme-wise, and even one like Viva Pinata. I'll admit that graphics-wise those games'll be better on systems like the PS3 and the 360 (which is the only next-gen console I own) however.

ketsuatama
ketsuatama

What a refreshing change; the head of one company praising the products of others in a cut-throat market. Just shows that Reggie is a bigger man than some who purport to represent MS and Sony. Might have to get a Wii to keep my 360 and PS3 company.

DaveedT
DaveedT

kbaily , I agree for Viva Pinata on 360 but not for LittleBigPlanet on PS3, Sony consoles owners had a lot more diversity with PS1 and PS2 than M$ consoles owners...Just look at games like Spyro, Crash, Ratchet & Clank, Katamari, etc. I really like my WII and my PS3 and for me they're two good choices of consoles for a gamer that like multiplayer and more diversity. Viva Pinata was the game I had most fun on 360 and this game belong to be on consoles like WII and PS3. i can't wait for LBP...and M&S At The Olympics, Raving Rabbids 2 and Mario Galaxy, obvisouly!

steedle
steedle

i just hate the wii and that thing called Ps3.

Harden_hawk
Harden_hawk

Too bad those games wouldn't be as good on the Wii.

Maxdriva
Maxdriva

I dont like Nintendo too much but Reggie is the man, if more people in the gaming industry had his mentality it would be better for us all.

kbaily
kbaily

I have to agree with Reggie about Little Big Planet on the PS3. While it's cool and innovative I see it being the PS3's "Viva Pinata" in that it's a good game but the typical PS3 owner would rather be shooting baddies than prancing along with a bunch of cute little toys in a platformer. I mean Viva Pinata was a great 360 game with a lot of creativity but didn't sell because the typical Xbox 360 owner was more interested in gruesome chainsaw carnage (Gears) than frolicking with a bunch of pinatas in a garden.

Shishio817
Shishio817

It's good I guess for competitors to concede about each other's products in a positive way for once.

darakaka
darakaka

Talk about intelligence! AvIdGaMeR444, if you READ what he said, you would understand it better. "What we've found is people are playing their Wii consoles frankly more today than the day we launched," means that PEOPLE ARE PLAYING MORE. it doesn't mean "more people are playing." (which is, as you mentioned, too obvious to point out) Reggie knows what he's talking about, and disproved 2 big anti-Wii rumours that were harming its popularity.

SlapBoxYaMom
SlapBoxYaMom

"I don't know that it belongs on their platform." *sigh*

AvIdGaMeR444
AvIdGaMeR444

"What we've found is people are playing their Wii consoles frankly more today than the day we launched," Wow, you think Reggie? Who would've ever thought that having around 13 million Wiis in homes = more gamers playing Wiis than at launch when a lot less Wiis were around? Reggie needs a medal for that intelligent statement...