Reggie Fils-Amie, the president of Nintendo America, made an appearance on the Business division of Fox News today to promote the Nintendo Switch. The Switch, which came out on March 3 and made record sales, has become a hot seller despite minor technical problems that have surfaced since its release.
The five-minute segment doesn’t really tell anything that the gamer crowd doesn’t already know about the Nintendo Switch, but we do get to see the news outlets be surprised at how many people lined up ahead of time for the console, along with mentions of it being sold out (true enough, as many stores had supply problems earlier).
A good bit of the presentation, is also taken up by Reggie showing off the console in its dock as he and the presenter trade off on playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the game’s Pro controller, the alternative to the JoyCon tablets.
Reggie also goes into detail on how the Switch is going to be putting out games, bringing up things like Mario Kart and various third-party and indie developers. Nintendo has brought in a lot of third-party games already to help pad out the Switch’s lineup, with games like The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim and a treasure trove of indie games.
Ending the segment, however, is the big question: will the Switch outsell Nintendo’s previous best-seller, the Nintendo Wii? The Wii, the precursor to the Wii U, sold over 100 million units. The Wii U was nowhere near as successful, but considering how well the Switch has been selling, Nintendo may have a new bestseller.
Reggie seems to be confident that it will outsell the Wii; while his main stance is “who knows?”, he says that Nintendo is on a tremendous curve with the Switch, and is beating the Wii “right now.”