Nintendo of America’s Reggie Fils-Aime on Breath of the Wild’s “The Champion’s Ballad” DLC Still Slated for 2017, Classic Games & More

Kotaku recently caught up with Reggie Fils-Aime from Nintendo of America in Manhattan, NY today and he gave us reassurance for when the 2nd DLC pack for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, titled “The Champion’s Ballad”, is meant for launch as well as touching up on Shigeru Miyamoto’s comments regarding classic games from Nintendo’s history to be available to play on Nintendo Switch. The four Champions from Breath of the Wild will be getting their own amiibo release on November 10th; when Kotaku asked about the release for The Champion’s Ballad, Reggie responded,

“We will shortly be announcing the date for that content, so I would not lock and load on November 10th.”

On GameCube controller support from latest firmware for Switch:

  • “In our latest system software update, it enables third-party peripherals to work on Nintendo Switch,” Fils-Aime explained. “As a result, the peripheral for Wii U that allows it to attach GameCube controllers also works.” A sign of Super Smash Bros. Melee support incoming? “Of course, there’s nothing to announce on this,” he said. “I think it’s fair to say, Stephen, that that peripheral working was as much a surprise to us as it was to consumers.”

On classic games for Switch:

  • “When you think about the playstyle of the Switch it would be great if I could play all classic games on it.” Fils-Aime said there is nothing to announce, of course, but he added this: “We’re gratified to have some of the best content ever created be unique to Nintendo platforms. We’re also gratified by our community that they want to play this content. What we’ve said is that there’s going to be some classic content that’s part of the Nintendo Online proposition. We’ve said we will unveil more about that proposition next year before it launches.” But does the establishment of this dedicated classic console business like the NES Classic preclude Nintendo from releasing classic games in other ways? “It doesn’t preclude it,” he said.

On Miiverse shutting down:

  • “Miiverse was a great community,” Fils-Aime said. “It was something we thought would be integral to the Wii U proposition along with Nintendo TVii. Unfortunately the Wii U didn’t scale the way we hoped it would, which makes continuing those services financially challenging.” But why not keep it open on 3DS? “They’re all linked,” he said. “From a service, architecture and delivery [standpoint], it’s linked. Once we made the decision for it to be concluded on Wii U, it meant it would be concluded for 3DS as well as the viewing service on your PC.”

On video streaming services:

  • Fils-Aime said that such services “are going to come in due time,” pinning the roll-out of them on those companies having their apps ready to go. Pressed if that included Netflix, he said, “You’d have to ask the folks at Netflix. I have [Netflix CEO] Reed [Hasting]’s number.”

On My Nintendo rewards:

  • “There are unique elements coming for Nintendo Switch. We’ll be announcing those in due time. We do believe having a strong loyalty program for all of our products is important and certainly our fans appreciate it


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