Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Aime, has been chatting to MTV about a variety of topics, many of which touch upon the recent E3 Media & Business Summit. There are snippets on the Wii Balance Board, a defence of Manhunt 2, a word on Mario Kart Wii, Endless Ocean and Super Smash Brawl, as well as the hint of a hard disk for Wii.
The earliest part of the Nintendo Wii’s lifespan was blotted by stories of players injuring themselves or their posessions through playing energetic titles such as Wii Sports. MTV questioned whether, as a result, the firm is worried about the Wii Fit Balance Board:
“We take the design very seriously, so we’ve done a lot of testing,” Fils-Aime told MTV News. “We don’t see any risk of consumers falling off that Balance Board unless they’re … doing this while they’ve had a few too many alcoholic beverages.”
On the potential for the Balance Board,Fils-Aime said that Nintendo is already is discussions about its future uses, adding:
“Boarding games are obvious, whether it’s skateboard or surfboard… “My favourite idea is: Imagine a golf game where you’re standing on the Balance Board measuring the shift of your weight and using the Wii remote for a [golf] club.”
On the subjects of Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Mario Kart Wii, the Nintendo boss man stated that the former’s ‘playable online’ status will remain under wraps, and urged keen gamers to keep an eye on the main site for updates. On Mario Kart Wii, he said, “I’ve used the Wii wheel and it is great. The online capabilities are exactly what you would expect them to be: a large number of players [and an] online battle mode. To the ‘Kart’ fans, hang on [till] 2008 and all your wishes will be fulfilled.”
On Endless Ocean, he stated, It has all of the Zen of scuba-diving, which is relaxing and melodic,” Fils-Aime said. “I think for people who are into that type of experience, it’s going to be a blast.”
Later on in the interview, Fils-Aime discusses the upcoming Wii Ware, which will allow independent developers the chance to develop for the Nintendo Wii. He noted that Nintendo had been overwhelmed with requests for the $2000 USD kits, that Nintendo will not vet the downloadable games and on the issue of extra memory - a hard drive, perhaps - for Wii to hold them all on, he added, “Could there be a market for a Wii hard drive? There certainly could be.”
On the contentious issue of Rockstar’s Manhunt 2, recently denied a release in the United Kingdom and slapped with an ‘Adults only’ certification in North America (a level of gaming that Nintendo will not allow on any of their consoles), Fils-Aime said that he hoped the title could be revised so that it could be released at a Mature rating. He explained:
“The game that I saw was a pretty violent game. For me, it’s not my taste in a game, but it certainly could be for other types of consumers. I really do hope it gets published on our platform.”
Head over to MTV for the full interview.