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GameStop sees their Switch allocations improve after Reggile Fils-Aime joins the company's Board of Directors

The big guy's got the hookup

Here's something that might be a bit surprising. Apparently GameStop has always had trouble getting a decent amount of product from Nintendo. Sure, GameStop would stock the hardware/software they got from Nintendo, but supposedly the Big N was quite stingy with what they gave GameStop overall. That appears to have changed in the last year.

As you might remember, Reggie Fils-Aime was announced as part of GameStop's Board of Directors not that long ago. It seems that addition to the board has made a considerable change in the amount of product GameStop gets. GameStop obviously hasn't commented on that, but GameStop CEO George Sherman did say this.

We receive more than our fair share of Nintendo Switches and we sell those very rapidly.

Now this change could have come about organically through some other means, but it does seem awfully convenient that Reggie joining the company has led to better Switch stock. Either way, the end result is better for the customer!

Thanks to Rockyeahh for the heads up!

Reggie Fils-Aime to co-host the New York Game Awards

The host with the most

Now in its 10th year, the annual New York Game Awards, presented by the New York Videogame Critics Circle, will have the most access ever to industry and entertainment luminaries and legends from around the globe in its virtual-only event. The previously in-person-only event will pivot to online-only for the 2021 Awards on January 26; streaming details will be announced closer to the event.

The 10th annual New York Game Awards will be hosted by Reggie Fils-Aimé, former President and COO of Nintendo of America, who was the recipient of the 2020 Andrew Yoon Legend Award at the 9th annual New York Game Awards ceremony. Hosting in tandem with Reggie will be New York Videogame Critics Circle founder and board president, Harold Goldberg.

“With the New York Game Awards going virtual, there are no limits to the amount of industry greats we can represent and have “on stage” at the Awards,” said New York Videogame Critics Circle founder and board president, Harold Goldberg. “We also have big news to share about the Andrew Yoon Legend Award, that we’ll announce later this year.”

“Last year, when I joined the New York Videogame Critics Circle as a board member, I never imagined we’d have to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the New York Game Awards only virtually,” said Reggie Fils-Aimé. “But we won’t let challenging times take away the opportunity to celebrate 10 years of honoring the best in gaming and acknowledging the Circle's important mentoring work in underserved communities. We have a stellar line-up of gaming industry greats that will be sure to wow nostalgic gaming fans and new gamers alike. And we will honor the best of gaming from 2020. This will be a 'must
watch' event.”

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the New York Game Awards, the group of presenters and performers will be incomparable, including former Legend Award winners, great performances by returning musical guests and a collection of industry greats that will be announced soon. Announcements on Legend Award winners, game nominations and more will be announced in the
coming months.

New York Videogame Critics Circle Programs Include:

● DreamYard Project in the Bronx: Offering mentoring, internships, workshops, job information and college scholarships for intelligent, but underserved students.

● Journalism classes at The Henry Street Settlement: The New York Videogame Critics Circle brings games education to community events as well.

● Mentoring at, and consulting for, Older Adult Technology Services (O.A.T.S.), at their Senior Planet tech center in Manhattan's Chelsea-area.

● The New York Public Library system and American Museum of Natural History panels: Talks and discussions about jobs in games, games history and how games bring people together.

Reggie Fils-Aime joins Rogue Games' board of directors

Following his retirement from president of Nintendo of America (and then joining the board of directors for both GameStop and Spin Master), Reggie will continue his business streak by becoming a strategic advisor at Rogue Games. Check out what those involved (including Fils-Aime himself) had to say about him joining the team below, thanks to Businesswire, or check out an interview with Reggie from GamesBeat here for more info!

“Rogue has assembled an all-star team of industry leaders whose North Star is publishing fresh, innovative, stylish, and oftentimes outrageous games that stand out in a crowded marketplace. Reggie brings to the table his unrivaled experience in the console arena which is invaluable to us as we expand our portfolio to include incredible games on Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Xbox, Sony PlayStation and PC.” - Matt Casamassina (Co-founder and CEO of Rogue Games)

“When Rogue shared its console vision with me and I saw the first games that will be arriving this summer on platforms like Nintendo Switch, I was immediately impressed by the levels of ambition and innovation. I’m always on the lookout for fast-growing and innovative companies that are ready to shape the future of games and I’m excited to join Rogue in their mission to unite and simplify games publishing across all platforms.” - Reggie Fils-Aimé

“Games are constantly taking new shapes and forms with pick-up-and-play instant action on any device or screen size. We’re really excited about our deep pipeline of fun and innovative games built by passionate developers and can’t wait to launch these titles on console and PC platforms beginning this summer.” - Chris Archer (Chief Strategy Officer at Rogue Games)

In an interview with VentureBeat, Reggie explained in a bit more detail why he's joining up with Rogue Games.

Fils-Aimé: The benefit of being retired is that I get to work with people I like and companies that I feel are doing unique and valuable things. In Rogue’s case, I have known Matt Casamassina and Chris Archer for years. They do things the right way and are willing to benefit from my years of experience. And they are leading an incredibly talented team who have a fresh vision for how to do digital games publishing. They have a great eye for games, some of which you’ll start to hear about soon, and Rogue is building a brand that I think players will come to recognize and appreciate. Meanwhile, despite being relatively new to the scene, Rogue’s already emerged as one of the leaders in the growing “Netflix of Games” subscription option announced by Apple, Google, and others. So all of this is very exciting to me. And I think my experience and relationships are very attractive to Rogue as it expands its portfolio to include more traditional gaming platforms.

Reggie shares kind words about Satoru Iwata on the 5th anniversary of his passing

RIP Iwata

While it might seem like a short amount of time, its been 5 long years since Satoru Iwata left us. Nintendo fans still feel the loss every single day, as does former president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime. Reggie took to Twitter to share some kind words about Iwata on the anniversary of his passing, which you can see below.

Reggie was confused for a security guard at his first E3

Humble beginnings

Reggie would become a household name for Nintendo fans with his numerous E3 appearances, memes, interviews, and more. It's hard to remember a time when the big guy wasn't part of Nintendo culture, but those days did exist.

On a recent episode of the Talking Games With Reggie And Harold podcast, Reggie took a moment to reflect on when he first joined up with Nintendo. Back when he was gearing up for his first E3, his debut on stage was almost derailed due to a security guard issue.

So I’m there in a two-piece suit with a black t-shirt underneath, standing, looking out onto the crowd, and we had various staff running around, doing things. Everyone had to be badged. They needed to have ID that showed that they were allowed to be where they were. So I’m standing there, gazing out to the crowd, and there was a member of a staff that came close to me, and I turned and looked at them, and literally they just stopped – rigid. He starts fumbling for his ID, and he’s like, he’s showing me his ID, like ‘it’s okay for me to be there.’ This guy thought I was the security guard. So imagine what’s going through his brain when the conference starts, and the lights go up, and he sees me. I mean, he must be saying to himself, ‘What’s going on with Nintendo that they’ve got the security guard giving the presentation? What is this?’

Episode 3 of "Talking Games With Reggie And Harold" to feature an interview with Geoff Keighley

The best of buds

Reggie Fils-Aime and Geoff Keighley have quite the history. The two have faced off in numerous Nintendo games, sat down for multiple interviews, and poke fun at each other every chance they get. It's clear the two are friends outside of their jobs, which is why the two are teaming up once again.

Geoff Keighley is going to be on the next episode of "Talking Games With Reggie And Harold," a podcast Reggie Fils-Aime just recently kicked off. The two are sure to bring up old rivalries during the discussion, and if we're lucky, maybe they'll face off in something else! The episode goes live on Monday, June 1st, 2020.

Reggie Fils-Aime joins Spin Master's board of directors

Reggie's come out to play

Reggie Fils-Aime, in a never-ending quest to remain busier than ever in retirement, has announced that he's now part of the board of directors for Spin Master. For those who don't know, Spin Master is a global toy and entertainment company. They have ties to brands like Bakugan, Hatchimals, PAW Patrol, GUND, Air Hogs, Sago Mini, Kinetic Sand, and many others.

Reggie Fils-Aimé to Co-Host New York Videogame Critics Circle's New Podcast

His name is Reggie, and he has a podcast

The New York Videogame Critics Circle (the multicultural organization comprised of the finest videogame critics, writers, reporters and bloggers in the city), announced an essential new initiative, a seven-part podcast and fundraiser with Reggie Fils-Aimé and Harold Goldberg via GoFundMe (see it here) to raise funds to ensure the education, mentoring and scholarships at the heart of the organization’s mission won’t be derailed by the city’s current shutdown. While everyone is impacted by the COVID-19 virus in some way, the hardest hit are students in homeless shelters, who live in complex situations in the best of times and are having significant trouble right now.

“The core work of the NYVGCC is to use the combination of games and journalism to provide educational opportunities, mentoring, internships and scholarships to underserved communities in the NYC area,” said New York Videogame Critics Circle founder and board president, Harold Goldberg. “In particular, we are raising funds for a new initiative to bring games and games writing courses to high school students in homeless shelters in New York City.”

The “Talking Games with Reggie and Harold,” podcast kicks off in mid-May on Soundcloud, iTunes, Google, Spotify and elsewhere, with new podcasts dropping every week for seven weeks, with topics including games, entertainment, education and pop culture. In addition to top gaming executives, game developers and stars from beyond the world of games, special guests include gaming industry veteran and creator of The Game Awards, Geoff Keighley, and even some of the high school student interns who are direct beneficiaries of the Circle's efforts.

The main podcast, including the special guest content, will be available for free. Extras available exclusively for donors who contribute at any level include:

Opportunities to submit questions for Reggie.

Bonus podcast content, including longer versions of interviews in the podcast and some audio that wasn't available in the podcast that's new.

Access to an exclusive private auction with various video gaming memorabilia up for bidding from the vaults of NYVGCC members, such as a Nintendo Power magazine signed by Shigeru Miyamoto.

The first chapter of Harold Goldberg’s novel (on audiobook) that is somewhat inspired by Rockstar Games' L.A. Noire and Grand Theft Auto IV.

“Harold and I are joining forces to create a fun, entertaining and informative podcast to benefit the mission of the nonprofit organization,” said Reggie Fils-Aimé, gaming industry icon and NYVGCC board member. “Maybe I’ll be coaxed to share some of my untold tales from MTV Networks and Nintendo.”

With the goal of raising at least $15,000, all funds raised will go toward continuing the NYVGCC’s mission of education, mentoring, paid internships and scholarships through games and journalism. The New York Videogame Critics Circle is moving their journalism courses online, and once completed, the organization will make these courses available to educators around the country for free.

New York Videogame Critics Circle Programs Include:

DreamYard Project in the Bronx: Offering mentoring, internships, workshops, job information and college scholarships for intelligent, but underserved students.

Journalism classes at The Henry Street Settlement: The New York Videogame Critics Circle brings games education to community events as well.

Mentoring at, and consulting for, Older Adult Technology Services (O.A.T.S.), at their Senior Planet tech center in Manhattan's Chelsea-area.

The New York Public Library system and American Museum of Natural History panels: Talks and discussions about jobs in games, games history and how games bring people together.

NYVGCC members are a culturally diverse and passionate group of videogame journalists from media outlets including Tom’s Guide, CNET, Time and The Washington Post.

Reggie Fils-Aime says he never time-travels in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and he wants more Star Fragments

Reggie shares some Animal Crossing insight

What's Reggie been doing while in self-quarantine? He's been playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons of course! He's also taking a bit of time to reach out to fans and answer some of their questions about the game.

One fan asked Reggie if he time-traveled in the game, and Reggie quickly fired back with a defiant "Never!!". Not surprising that the big man is playing everything on the straight and narrow.

In a different discussion, Reggie shared some thoughts on the Star Fragments you get in-game. One Twitter user said they received 12 Star Fragments, 2 Large Star Fragments, and 1 Aries Fragment when they made 137 wishes. The user was saying they thought more Star Fragments should have been given out, and it appears Reggie agrees Reggie specifically said he agrees you should get more full stars than what happens.

Reggie Fils-Aime is playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and he's using it to promote social distancing

Stay safe, everyone!

What's Reggie Fils-Aime doing while he's retired from Nintendo? It seems he's putting in a bit of time with Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Reggie took to Twitter with a picture from his own game, which he used to promote social distancing during the pandemic. Looks like Reggie is taking social distancing seriously both in the real-world and in-game!

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