Rogue Reggie : Ex-NoA boss chose Xbox over GameCube

You’d expect Reggie Files-Aimé – the former prez on Nintendo of America – to be one hardcore Nintendo mofo. With a house full of Nintendo stuff, a pet lizard named Yoshi, and mystery coin cubes everywhere. To heck with PlayStation and Xbox… solely Nintendo for Reggie. Well, no. Not exactly. And I know this because during an Xbox event he actually admitted that the gamer in Reggie went for the PS2 and Xbox over the GameCube. TREASON! Heresy!

To be fair, when the console war had people debating over the PS2, Xbox, and the GameCube, Fils-Aimé wasn’t even Nintendo’s top dog yet. Reggie joined Team Red in 2003 and was tasked with plugging Nintendo’s newest console. But he didn’t actually own one until that point. He had thought about buying one but went for an Xbox instead.

“When Xbox launched, I wasn’t in the industry, so I was a consumer. And I was that prototypical consumer that had a PS2 in my house already, I had an N64… I was thinking about a GameCube, but I actually didn’t buy a GameCube until I was already part of Nintendo.”

See, it’s not that bad. He had a Nintendo, be it the N64. Plus, it was mainly his son that pushed him towards the Xbox. If the GameCube would have had -let’s say – Halo on it, we’d be having an entirely different conversation.

“My son, avid gamer, was the one saying ‘we need to check out this Xbox thing, and we need to go’ and the driver was Halo. The driver was Halo, and that experience is what got the original Xbox into my house, with that big ol’ controller. And so that is my Xbox memory, from the very beginning.”

Then again, Reggie wouldn’t be Reggie the Nintendo Guy if he didn’t rain on Xbox’s parade juuuuust a little. You know, by pointing out that the Wii was the superior best-selling console next to the PS3 and the Xbox 360. Oh, Reggie…