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Fils-Aimé Accepts Criticism of Nintendo’s Previous Online Services; Talks Zelda Switch & Wii U Differences

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Nintendo executive Reggie Fils-Aimé has said that the company accepts criticism of its previous online offerings and will look to address previous missteps with the launch of the Nintendo Switch’s subscription service.

In a wide-ranging interview with Gamespot, Fils-Aimé also weighed in on the improvements that the Switch brings to the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

On Nintendo’s online services, the exec commented: “We’ve been criticised for our online experience – and I’m being gentle. What it’s done is challenge us to really think about what it is that we want to create, what is best for the consumer, and then also think through the economics of how do we do this. Servers aren’t free; what’s necessary to execute our vision isn’t free.

“It was those two points: What is it that we want to create, that we think is going to be meaningful for the consumer; how do we do it in a financially appropriate way? Those two came together as a subscription service. More info is to come… but what I can tell you is that the Nintendo mentality of making our products approachable, mass-market-ready and affordable is going to carry through as we look at the execution of our online service.”

Fils-Aimé was also questioned on whether or not The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild would be substantially different running on the Switch compared to the Wii U. He described the title as a “masterpiece”, before adding: “My personal experience is that the game loads faster on Nintendo Switch; that the movement through this grand space is more fluid on Nintendo Switch… It’s more than just frame rate; literally, it’s the way you move through that environment, and how the environments are fluid. I don’t see pop-ins when I experience the game on Nintendo Switch.

“I am not an engineer; I can’t talk to technically, what are the foundations of the Wii U execution versus the Switch execution, but what I can say is I’ve played them both – they’re both a great game – and I’ll buy it on Nintendo Switch.”

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