Reggie and Nintendo want to revisit older franchises for Wii U and 3DS


Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime spoke with MTV’s Multiplayer blog recently to discuss Nintendo’s future in the digital landscape and the company’s plans for the Wii U this year. One topic that came up during the interview was how Nintendo is considering digging up one of their many dormant franchises for release. Reggie went into full detail on how Nintendo is looking out for their longtime fans and that delivering an old classic would be in the pipeline.

Reggie’s thoughts:

“You know, I think we have to be really clear on the time period that we are talking about, and we need to be really clear on the specific franchises that we are talking about. I do think though, that it’s helpful to look at what we’ve done with Wii, and what we’ve done to date with Nintendo 3DS. With Wii, there was just about every Nintendo franchise brought to bear on that platform, including “Metroid,” in a number of different incarnations. When you look at Nintendo 3DS, we’ve been able to bring back beloved Nintendo franchises like “Kid Icarus” and “Luigi’s Mansion.”

“Nintendo is a very fortunate place, we have over 30 different franchises, and we look constantly for opportunities to bring those franchises to bear on our most current systems. I’m not making any promises, and I’m not making any commitments, but certainly we are thinking about, for Wii U and for 3DS, what are those franchises? Maybe those franchises that have been dormant for a few years, that we can loving bring to those platforms to drive our business forward.”

As Reggie mentioned, Nintendo has over 30 different IPs to dive into for a much-needed revival. Anything from the cult-classic NES title Star Tropics to rebooting Star Fox are all on the table for Nintendo to develop and market. Now, the question remains: What dormant Nintendo franchise would you like to see resurrected on the Wii U or 3DS? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Harrison Milfeld is a writer, editor, and freelance journalist from Missouri. Ever since he could walk, Harrison has been an avid fan of the world of Nintendo. For years, he has purchased every one of the company's subsequent products (yes, including the Virtual Boy and eReader). It wasn't until he was a young teen when he bought a PS2 that he began to embrace cross-console relations, a decision he doesn't regret. When he's not gaming, Harrison is looking to break into the magazine journalism industry and realize his dream of becoming a features reporter.