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Reggie Fils-Aime Says Halo is His Favorite Non-Nintendo Video Game

Reggie Fils-Aime Says Halo is His Favorite Non-Nintendo Video Game - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 07 May 2022 / 2,664 Views

The former President and Chief Operating Officer of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aimé in an interview with G4TV's Xplay was asked what was his favorite video game not from Nintendo and he quickly answered "Halo."

"I say that because the original Xbox was in my living room before I had a GameCube," he added. "I wasn't an employee of Nintendo. I was on my own video game journey.

"My kids were pushing me, 'we got to get an Xbox. We got to play this game Halo.' And they would end up kicking my ass. I mean...it's not that I'm good at it, but I really enjoyed that game."

Reggie Fils-Aimé is most likely talking about the original Halo - 2001's Halo: Combat Evolved - as he was hired by Nintendo as the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing in December 2003 and Halo 2 launched in November 2004.


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 wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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31 Comments
VAMatt (on 07 May 2022)

I bet there's a lot of people with Halo in their top spot.

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gtotheunit91 VAMatt (on 07 May 2022)

That original Halo trilogy was a cultural phenomenon that took the world over.

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VAMatt gtotheunit91 (on 07 May 2022)

Definitely. Halo is, in large part, the reason that I'm still a gamer. I played a ton as a kid, but I had moved away from it in early adulthood. Halo:CE hit when I was 21, and it reminded me of how much fun video games can be.

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trunkswd VAMatt (on 07 May 2022)

Halo was THE game I bought an OG Xbox at launch for. Much like Mario 64 is why I bought an N64 at launch.

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Azzanation trunkswd (on 07 May 2022)

Was the N44 the slim version..?

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trunkswd Azzanation (on 07 May 2022)

Why yes it was. It was 20 bits slimmer...

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Pemalite VAMatt (on 07 May 2022)

Even though I was and always will be... A PC gamer, Halo and Fable were the reasons I bought the OG Xbox and those games.

Still own all the original stuff too!

Halo Infinite seems to be a little turnaround for the I.P. at the moment which is great after the stumble that was Halo 5.

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smroadkill15 (on 07 May 2022)

Play MCC folks. It's an amazing collection of Halo games.

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KLAMarine (on 08 May 2022)

Halo CE is a pretty awesome game, yeah.

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victor83fernandes (on 07 May 2022)

Halo combat evolved is also my favourite non nintendo game, I have a PC, ps5 and switch and have been gaming for over 32 years. Halo had a perfect story, characters gameplay and music.

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Azzanation (on 07 May 2022)

Halo is a very important and special series.

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chakkra (on 07 May 2022)

The guy has good tastes.

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Leynos (on 08 May 2022)

I may try the series again. I have only played Halo 1 and 3 but it was so long ago when I wasn't really into FPS games. Things have changed since then.

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kirby007 (on 07 May 2022)

coming from the guy that doesn't like donkey konga

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victor83fernandes kirby007 (on 07 May 2022)

I am a huge Nintendo fan a I dislike donkey kong, I tried to get into it, it just doesn't strike me as a good platformer, I do love platformers, I absolutely love Ori and Rayman legends and new super mario U

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Kakadu18 victor83fernandes (on 07 May 2022)

He said Konga, not Kong.

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victor83fernandes Kakadu18 (on 07 May 2022)

Is that even a game?

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Kakadu18 victor83fernandes (on 07 May 2022)

Donkey Konga is a rhythm game with two sequels.

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Not sure if serious?

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VAMatt scrapking (on 07 May 2022)

It is a legit game, yes

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Ljink96 VAMatt (on 07 May 2022)

Wow, nobody thinks Donkey Konga is a real game? lol. I know the GameCube didn't sell that well but come on, the internet exists, lol.

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scrapking Ljink96 (on 09 May 2022)

I know, right? Next they'll be asking if Samba De Amigo was a real game or not, or Typing of the Dead, or the original Steel Battalion. :P (I've played all four... I guess I'm a sucker for a game with a weird controller!)

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scrapking VAMatt (on 09 May 2022)

Oh, I know Donkey Konga was a real game, I worked at EB Games when it came out. I wasn't sure if @victor83fernandez was being serious when he asked if it was a real game!

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Leynos scrapking (on 08 May 2022)

It had the drums as controllers.

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scrapking Leynos (on 09 May 2022)

Yep, for sure. I played Donkey Konga back when it came out. I was questioning whether @victor83fernandez was being serious when he asked if it was a real game.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 07 May 2022)

When Bungie made halo it became instant legendary status,

But... 343 however... Hahaha

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VAMatt LivncA_Dis3 (on 08 May 2022)

I think part of the problem with newer Halo games is that the first 3 set an incredibly high standard. You just can't make every game land in the GOAT conversation. Games that are very good as opposed to great aren't normally disappointments. But, when your game is compared to Halo: CE, you are almost certainly going to fall short of the mark.

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VAMatt LivncA_Dis3 (on 08 May 2022)

343 has made some very good Halo games. But, Bungie's shoes are tough to fill.

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