During The Game Awards 2019, The Hollywood Reporter talked with various influential figures in the video game industry, including the likes of Death Stranding creator Hideo Kojima, Sekiro producer Robert Conkey, and, yes, former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé. In the few words exchanged, Reggie basically talked about the past and the future of gaming. He gave his thoughts on game streaming and revealed that his first system was actually Super Nintendo, not the NES.
Reggie said, “As the technology evolves to be cloud, and as download speeds increase, what it means is you’re going to be able to play any game on any device at any time.” And while he noted that gamers shouldn’t expect it to happen immediately, (What’s Stadia?) he did say, “It will happen over the next decade and be something that’s really meaningful for players.”
Beyond that, Reggie talked about how he got his start in gaming:
My first system was the Super Nintendo, so I played Super Mario World — and ended the game with 99 lives — and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. I had over 80 games on that system, and I think that helped me with the fans and the company, because I knew the content so well. … For me it’s been a part of my growing up. I was with Nintendo of America for 15 years. Now, being able to be like a fan [again] and celebrate this industry is really special.
It’s actually kind of interesting that Reggie didn’t start with the NES, but since the SNES is my favorite console in the universe anyway, I’m cool with it.
Do you agree that game streaming will become a major part of the video game experience in the next decade? And are you surprised that 58-year-old Reggie Fils-Aimé didn’t get his Nintendo gaming start on the NES? Let us know!