The free inclusion of Wii Sports with every Wii created a battle within Nintendo

Sports Wii is, to date, the fourth best-selling game of all time and apparently Nintendo has Reggie Fils-Aimé to thank for that. Sports Wii is one of Nintendo’s most beloved games and that’s largely because everyone who bought a Wii outside of Japan received a copy of the game. It was an incredibly easy way for Nintendo to introduce and to communicate the purpose of the motion-sensing console, allowing everyone to quickly grasp it by playing various sports with the Wii Remote. It’s probably only made it to the best-selling game list because of how it’s been included with almost every console, but it’s a move that likely helped the console become a huge hit.

In his new book, “Disrupting the game: from the Bronx to the top of Nintendo” former Nintendo of US President Reggie Fils-Aimé explains how he was the driving force behind the group Sports Wii with each Wii and the tensions that have been created within the company. Fils-Aimé believed in how the game highlighted the purpose of the console and encouraged group play, which prompted him to pitch the idea to Nintendo’s Worldwide President Satoru Iwata, who immediately resisted. the idea. Iwata said they don’t want to give away “valuable content” for free because it drives people to buy hardware and games will be sold out for long periods of time. Fils-Aimé stated that Sports Wii could be what Nintendo needs to break away from a niche audience and hit the mass market. After months of conversations, Iwata began to be convinced.

In the end, Fils-Aimé had to convince Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario and many other classic Nintendo franchises. Miyamoto suggested a compromise by grouping play wii, a collection of other mini-games, but Fils-Aimé didn’t see its value as a bundled game for the console. Instead, he suggested that it come with separate accessories. Miyamoto expressed his displeasure with the idea, as he also didn’t believe in giving games away and seemed almost offended by the idea, but Iwata defended the idea of ​​Fils-Aimé. After many more meetings, a compromise was found: Sports Wii would be bundled with the Wii in Western markets, but sold separately in Japan. Ultimately, the Wii sold better in the Americas and Europe.

Now, Nintendo Switch Sports is the talk of the town, but notably sold for $49.99 at physical retailers. The game received solid reviews and will likely continue to sell many copies. Nintendo Switch Sports gamers have already broken their tv with their Joy-Cons, serving as a reminder of similar incidents when the Wii debuted.

Do you think Reggie Fils-Aimé was right to fight for Sports Wii in free play with the Wii? Let me know in the comments below or contact me on Twitter @Cade_Onder.

[H/T Washington Post]

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