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Reggie Fils-Aimé on GameCube controllers, classic games on Switch, video services, more

"I think it’s fair to say that that peripheral working was as much a surprise to us as it was to consumers."

No, we weren’t lucky enough to interview Nintendo of America’s CEO Reggie Fils-Aimé ourselves.

However, at the launch of Super Mario Odyssey, the folks over at Kotaku managed to ask him some rather topical questions – the responses were what you’d expect from Reggie.

Talking about Breath of the Wild’s second round of DLC:

“We will shortly be announcing the date for that content, so I would not lock and load on November 10th.”

On the GameCube adapter working on Switch:

“In our latest system software update, it enables third-party peripherals to work on Nintendo Switch. As a result, the peripheral for Wii U that allows it to attach GameCube controllers also works.”

A tease on whether this support points to Smash Bros. in some way:

“Of course, there’s nothing to announce on this. I think it’s fair to say that that peripheral working was as much a surprise to us as it was to consumers.”

On classic games coming to Switch:

“When you think about the playstyle of the Switch it would be great if I could play all classic games on it. We’re gratified to have some of the best content ever created be unique to Nintendo platforms. We’re also gratified by our community that they want to play this content. What we’ve said is that there’s going to be some classic content that’s part of the Nintendo Online proposition. We’ve said we will unveil more about that proposition next year before it launches (The release of the NES and SNES classic) doesn’t preclude (classic games coming to Switch).

On video-on-demand services coming to Switch:

“(They) are going to come in due time. You’d have to ask the folks at Netflix. I have [Netflix CEO] Reed [Hasting]’s number.”

On My Nintendo offering Switch-specific rewards:

“There are unique elements coming for Nintendo Switch. We’ll be announcing those in due time. We do believe having a strong loyalty program for all of our products is important and certainly our fans appreciate it.”

Most of these answers are vague (this is Reggie), although they do seem to suggest Nintendo has unannounced goodies on the way. Let’s hope the wait isn’t too long – Netflix and a browser should really be on the Switch by now.

As for a new Virtual Console service, let’s hope it’s as definite as the one back on the Wii with added GameCube support.

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