In a recent interview with Nintendo’s president; Reggie Fils-Aime discussed Nintendo’s Christmas holiday goals and what the future has to bring with the upcoming Wii U gaming console. Reggie also gave some light on the upcoming Nintendo gaming title – ‘Mario Karts 7‘.
When asked about the Wii U’s backward compatibility with current Wii gaming titles, Reggie explained how the Wii U will cost significantly more than the current Wii gaming console.
“The consumer buying Wii hardware today is going to be a different consumer than the one who will be buying Wii U in the future. This is the first holiday that the Wii is available at $149.99 or below, so it’s an expanded demographic we’re reaching. These are consumers who have heard about Wii for the past couple years, but at $199 or $249 it was economically out of their reach.
“We haven’t announced pricing for the Nintendo Wii U gaming console yet, but you can definitely expect that pricing is going to be different and that the games are going to be different. We do believe that the Nintendo Wii and Wii U will coexist for some time. As we drive the install base of Wii, we’re really setting people up to take their gaming library and be able to transfer it over to Wii U.” – Reggie Fils-Aime.
Reggie Fils-Aime was then quizzed regarding the up-coming Mario Kart ‘7’ gaming title.
“We are giving Mario Kart 7 a huge push. I think you covered the activity we did at the LA Auto Show. It was a great way for us to break through at a different kind of event and show people what is fun and unique about Mario Kart: totally customized karts, different types of racing effects in terms of the glider in the air and the submarine in the water, the different range of tracks and the different ranges of items.
“I think the best parts of the game are the multiplayer and community aspects. The group of us here can create our own community where we are only going to race these kinds of tracks using only these certain items, and we’ll play against each other. It’ll have scoring, bragging rights, the whole nine yards. Once the community has been built, anybody can participate. I think the online features are going to push this game and make it even more popular than the franchise has already become.” – Reggie Fils-Aime.