Reggie says Iwata’s statement about E3 was not an apology


The response to this year’s E3 show has been overwhelming on the Nintendo side of things. Fans were eager to see what Nintendo held in store and since the lackluster conference, many have been upset at Nintendo’s plans. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata stated on Twitter that he is listening to concerns, which some outlets took as some sort of apology.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime recently spoke to Polygon and made it clear that Iwata’s statement was not an apology for the content of their E3 presentation, but a statement that confirms Nintendo does listen to feedback.

“It was not an apology,” said Nintendo of American president Reggie Fils-Aime. “It was not a statement about the content we’re showing, essentially it was an ‘I hear you’ message.”

Some fans have taken to the extreme, bashing everything Nintendo in sight, starting petitions on to attempt to get Nintendo to cancel the new Metroid 3DS title, and more. Reggie says this behavior doesn’t really phase Nintendo and their direction. He says the most rabid of Nintendo’s fans will calm down once they’re able to see these games in action.

One of the things I find interesting is that if you look at E3 historically for Nintendo, typically what happens is a press briefing happens or our digital event happens,” Fils-Aime said, “and then over the course of the next couple of days people see the games get to play the games and the appreciation and understanding of what we’re doing increases over those three days and continues to build into the holidays.”

Fils-Aime says Splatoon was received with the same critical eye that the games Nintendo talked about this year are receiving, but it went on to become a big hit for Nintendo. While that may be true, most of the people who played the game at the show found it entertaining. I’m not sure the same thing can be said for those at this year’s E3 who expected more Wii U announcements than were made.

What do you think?