Siliconera recently had a brief chat with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, and he had some interesting things to say about fan feedback, specifically in the case of Operation Rainfall and games like Xenoblade.
After talking about Nintendo's innovations, reasons behind Wii U's sluggish start, and more, Fils-Aime touched on how much what fans want and say influence the company's decisions.
"It doesn't affect what we do," he said, going on to describe an internal bet Nintendo had surrounding the localization of Monolith Soft's Xenoblade:
I wanted to bring Xenoblade here. The deal was, how much of a localization effort is it? How many units are we going to sell, are we going to make money? We were literally having this debate while Operation Rainfall was happening, and we were aware that there was interest for the game, but we had to make sure that it was a strong financial proposition.
I’m paid to make sure that we’re driving the business forward—so we’re aware of what’s happening, but in the end we’ve got to do what’s best for the company. The thing we know [about petitions] is that 100,000 signatures doesn’t mean 100,000 sales.
Be sure to read the full interview at Siliconera for more.