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Reggie Fils-Aime Bought an Xbox Over GameCube Before He Joined Nintendo

Reggie Fils-Aime Bought an Xbox Over GameCube Before He Joined Nintendo - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 23 November 2021 / 1,656 Views

The former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé hosted an Xbox roundtable as part of the 20th anniversary of Xbox. The round table included 343 Industries head Bonnie Ross, former Xbox corporate vice president Peter Moore, former Microsoft Game Studios vice president Ed Fries and former chief Xbox officer Robbie Bach.

One point discussed during the roundtable was for everyone to share their favorite Xbox moment.

"When Xbox launched, I wasn't in the industry, so I was a consumer," Fils-Aimé responded. "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.

"My son, an 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 old controller. And so that is my Xbox memory, from the very beginning."

Fils-Aimé didn't join Nintendo until December 2003. 

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Dulfite (on 23 November 2021)

The timing of this speaks volumes. It was recently leaked that Phil is being pressured to name his successor and now this? Reggie confirmed to be the future leader.

Edit* A lot of people took this reply seriously. Come on, people.

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trunkswd Dulfite (on 23 November 2021)

From what I am seeing Sarah Bond appears to be groomed to be his successor.

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ClassicGamingWizzz trunkswd (on 23 November 2021)


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shikamaru317 ClassicGamingWizzz (on 23 November 2021)

She is currently VP of Game Creator Experience and Ecosystem, joined Xbox in 2017 as the VP of Gaming Partnerships and Business Development. She basically works with both 2nd and 3rd party developers to make sure they get the most out of developing for Xbox, and get the most out of Xbox's tools (MS owns everything from Havok Physics to Azure servers, which many games these days use).

She and Matt Booty, who is also a VP at Xbox in charge of Xbox Game Studios, are looking like the 2 most likely candidates to be named Phil Spencer's successor.

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PAOerfulone Dulfite (on 23 November 2021)

Top 10 Anime Betrayals.

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SKMBlake Dulfite (on 23 November 2021)

Phil being pressured ? Why ?

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SanAndreasX SKMBlake (on 23 November 2021)

Probably to step aside so that some other people have a chance to move up in the company and they can maintain a continuity of talent. He's been with Microsoft for a really long time.

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Dulfite SKMBlake (on 23 November 2021)

Pressured to name a successor for the future, not immediate. He isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

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Wman1996 Dulfite (on 23 November 2021)

I don't know. Reggie is 60. Yes, there are tons of people in their 60s and 70s who work full-time jobs whether they pay well or not. But I don't think Reggie is ever going to take a role again as big as his role at Nintendo, and certainly not the head of Xbox.

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VAMatt Wman1996 (on 24 November 2021)

Microsoft almost exclusively promotes from within the company. So, while I'm sure Reggie could come into a high level position there if he wanted, I doubt that they would just stick him in there to run Xbox. Also, I seriously doubt that he wants that job. If he did, he'd have stayed at Nintendo. He stuck with Nintendo through some crappy years, and then left when things were looking good. Anybody that seriously wants to work in that kind of role would stay there through the good years as well. The fact that he left tells us that he just didn't want to do that kind of job anymore.

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KratosLives Wman1996 (on 25 November 2021)

You mean 50

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KLAMarine (on 24 November 2021)

Halo knocked my socks off too when I first played it so no surprise it drove XBox sales early on.

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Mandalore76 (on 24 November 2021)

To be honest, that was the last time I owned 3 different consoles in the same gen (PS2, Xbox, & Gamecube).

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Leynos (on 23 November 2021)

He wanted that Jet Set Radioooooooooooo!

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mjk45 Leynos (on 23 November 2021)

At least he didn't buy a PlayStation or we could have had a headline reading Reggie gets the sack from Nintendo after he was found in possession of a PlayStation. Reggie has denied any knowledge of the console but video has been uncovered of him in a dark alley handing over a brown paper bag seemingly full of unusual gold coins while receiving a PlayStation from a shady looking guy, potentially Yakuza going by the alias of Crazy Ken .
Why and how this video was taken and only suddenly surfaced now has been a mystery but we think we have solved it by tracing it to a Doug Bowser, and that's where this already murky story gets even murkier, since the Bowser name is apparently known to be linked to kidnapping so this may have been an extortion racket stay tuned.

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JackHandy (on 23 November 2021)

My order of consoles that gen was Dreamcast in early 2000, PS2 in the spring of 01, Gamecube at launch (fall of 01) and Xbox in very late 02. So it's not really that big a deal to me. Lots of us didn't participate in the "wars", so to speak. We just wanted to play the best games, and in order to do that, you had to buy them all.

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