E3 2008: Reggie: Storage Issues a “Mainstream Problem”

It was a line that will go down in infamy, when Nintendo of Europe’s Laurent Fischer had joked that “only geeks and otaku” cared about storage space on the Wii. Unfortunately for him, sarcasm (or perhaps British wit) doesn’t translate well on the internet, and no one got the joke.

Fast forward about a month and a half and an apology or two later, and MTV Multiplayer puts the question to Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime about all the new content coming down the series of tubes, and if Nintendo is going to provide extra storage for the new channels and Guitar Hero music and so forth.

While they have nothing to announce now, Reggie said that “We have said publicly that we’re looking hard at the storage situation, that we’re working on a range of solutions… But certainly it’s an issue we are aware of and we’re working to find a solution and we will.”

Asked if the complaint has risen more from “hardcore” gamers than the “blue ocean” audience, Reggie went on to say that in the Americas, they have a group who love the Virtual Console, and a WiiWare contingent as well. With the addition of new channels such as the Mario Kart Wii Channel, Nintendo is simply making the problem tougher. “So in our view this is becoming much more of a mainstream problem, which is why we have a sense of urgency to solve it.”