The Wii U was one of Nintendo's biggest missteps. The platform failed to find an audience, which led to a colossal drop in fortunes for Nintendo following the heights of the Wii and DS. Everyone knows Nintendo was in a bad position, especially Reggie Fils-Aime.
In a New York Gaming Awards Twitch stream, Reggie opened up about the slow Wii U sales and resounding success of the Switch. Reggie shares just how important that Switch breakthrough was for the Big N, which you can read below.
"You know, Nintendo has done so many innovations in the space... I think what Nintendo did with the Switch, after the poor performance of Wii U, I think to me and what I was part of, that's my lasting memory."
"People forget, when the Wii U launched, the performance over that life cycle was so poor, I mean it was the worst-selling platform, I think maybe Virtual Boy was a little bit worse, but Wii U underperformed pretty radically in the marketplace."
"And when your only business is video games that next had to be successful and the Switch continues to be a dynamic platform - selling exceptionally well. And the ability for the company to come up with the concept, to bring it to life, to bring it to the marketplace, to have not only great first-party content but great third party and independent developer content - that is going to be something I will always be proud of."
"Along with so many of the other things I was part of, but the Switch really was a make or break product for the company and luckily it was a hit."