Paul Raines, the CEO of GameStop, was recently interviewed by [a]listdaily, who asked about his thoughts on the end of the Wii U’s lifespan and its many failures as a console. Raines responded by saying that the “Wii U was disappointing to everybody, including them (Nintendo),” but that Nintendo was still going strong, due to its strong creativity and innovation.
Raines also commented on the upcoming Nintendo NX, which is set to launch in March 2017, saying that he is very excited for the console and believes GameStop will be the NX’s main distributor.
Are you seeing excitement through PowerUp Rewards members around the Nintendo NX?
There is some excitement around NX. Lately here, we’ve been hearing a lot more buzz than we have in the past. Nintendo is interesting in that they really are able to keep things as quiet as they can for a while. And then they just lost their leader, so they’ve gone through a mourning period and so forth. NX sounds exciting. We’re looking forward to it. They’re very innovative in everything that they do. I hope that they come out with something exciting and innovative. I think we’ll be dominant distributor of that platform.
Even though the Wii U didn’t repeat the Wii’s success?
Wii U was disappointing to everybody, including them. They made some bold bets, and maybe some of them didn’t work out. But they have a lot of creativity there. They’re a very innovative group of people, so we never count out Nintendo. Even now it’s incredible how strong some of their IP is—Pokémon, for example. We could have aPokémon weekend this weekend at GameStop and we would break sales records just because every time they put out a new game they have a very loyal fan base. Super Mario, Zelda, all those IPs have a huge, loyal fan base.
The full interview is available here, on [a]listdaily.
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