Posted on May 25 2011 by Nathanial Rumphol-Janc
Our countdown continues, and now there is less than two weeks until Nintendo’s E3 press conference – only 13 days. The excitement builds, and in today’s countdown feature we take a look back at some classic quotes from Nintendo staff members. From Shigeru Miyamoto, to Eiji Aonuma, to Satoru Iwata, to Bill Trinen, and of course, the only legend that is more of a legend than “The Legend of Zelda” – Reggie Fils-Aime. While many of these come from past E3s, they are not limited to. Read on to enjoy the comedic, the wise, and everything else inbetween.
I could make Halo. It’s not that I couldn’t design that game. It’s just that I choose not to. One thing about my game design is that I never try to look for what people want and then try to make that game design. I always try to create new experiences that are fun to play.
A game that keeps a smile on the player’s face is a wonderful thing. Nintendo’s theme for 2006 will be “Create new fun”. Spread the fun of games to everyone. To do this, we must return to the beginning, to recapture the essence that made people who enjoy games even now enjoy them in the first place.
Games are a trigger for adults to again become primitive, primal, as a way of thinking and remembering. An adult is a child who has more ethics and morals, that’s all. When I am a child, creating, I am not creating a game. I am in the game. The game is not for children, it is for me. It is for an adult who still has a character of a child.
Video games are bad for you? That’s what they said about Rock n’ Roll.
A delayed game is eventually good, a bad game is bad forever.
[The Wii’s] Controller is so intuitive, even your mum can play.
So you know cats are interesting. They are kind of like girls. If they come and talk to you it’s great. But if you try to talk to them it doesn’t always go so well.
It isn’t about “games”, for me, personally, and it never really was. It was about creating something- anything- far bigger than yourself.
And my name is Iwata. I’m about making games and I’m about playing games. Last night, I played Super Smash Bros. That’s my game. I kicked some… you know what and I took his name. His name was Reggie. As Nintendo president, I’m also all about asking questions. So Reggie, I have a question for you. Who’s your daddy?
Although many believe that technology automatically enables more realistic expression, I believe that is just not correct.
The next generation is a place where the best idea, not the biggest budget will win.
The game has changed, … and the way the game is played has to be changed.
We believe we know what makes a good game better than anyone else.
On my business card, I’m a corporate President. In my mind, I’m a game developer. But in my heart…..I am a gamer.
Miyamoto-san tells me to say that I really respect Miyamoto-san.
I was a little crazy. Not that I wanted to be crazy, but I just wanted to build robots.
Try to stay away from ledges and sharp things for the rest of the day, Zelda fans.
They called it the Reggielution and they called me the Reggienator. It was pretty fun.
My name is Reggie. I’m about kickin’ ass, I’m about takin’ names, and we’re about makin’ games.
Don’t make me do it. I’ll take your name.
Mr. Iwata, perhaps this year I can just take the names and you can kick the….you know…
My name is Reggie, and I, am happy.
Now I know many of you today walked in with numbers already swimming in your heads: 360, 16×9, 1080, 8.2 GHz. Well, we’d like to add one more number to the mix. And that number is two.
My body is ready.
One of our competitors is a manufacturer in Japan who wants to capture every one of your entertainment dollars transporting all your content between all of your electronic devices on their memory sticks. We are not that company. And there is another company out there who doesn’t care what you do, as long as you do it on their operating system. We are not that company either.
That’s Sony’s issue, not my problem.
I remember the last time Matt made a critically acclaimed game. It was called the Mailbag. (Matt is a writer for IGN)
There you have it. There have been heaps of epic quotes from all of our role-models over at Nintendo. Personally, I have to love Reggie putting IGN in their place. To end this feature I want to leave you with this legendary moment from Reggie.
Once upon a time a man named Reggie was signing some autographs before a press-conference. A man in the crowd shouted “Kick his ass and take his name!” The almighty Reggie responded by asking “Who?” The reply was “Phil Harrison, front row!”, and it was true, for there sat Phil. Reggie grinned, chuckled and replied, “Some would say we’ve already done that!” He was referring of course to how Nintendo kicks Sony’s ass, as Phil worked for Sony at the time.