Nintendo has some of the hardest games of all time – but the ex-boss complains that Elden Ring is too difficult for him

Nintendo has some of the hardest games of all time - but the ex-boss complains that Elden Ring is too difficult for him

Reggie Fils-Aimé, the ex-boss of Nintendo of America and part of many popular memes, is currently on a promotional tour for his latest book. In this context he gives many interviews. Now he has revealed what he thinks of the Elden Ring.

Former Nintendo of America CEO Reggie Fils-Aimé details his journey in his new book, Disrupting the Game: From the Bronx to the Top of Nintendo.

The 61-year-old was part of Nintendo from 2003 to 2019, and over the years has played his way into gamers’ hearts, especially as a meme. It started with his first public appearance for Nintendo, where Fils-Aimé introduced himself with a famous phrase that is difficult to translate into English:

“My name is Reggie. I’m about kicking ass, I’m about taking names, and we’re about making games.” (via YouTube)

Now Fils-Aimé has said what he thinks of the Elden Ring. And the ass-kicker reveals that he doesn’t like being the one who gets his ass spanked by difficult bosses in games. And that despite the fact that the old Nintendo games were badass themselves.

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Fils-Aimé: The Souls games ‘go against my playstyle’

What does the ex-boss of Elden Ring think? In an interview with Mashable Reggie Fils-Aimé has commented on a wide range of issues affecting the gaming industry right now, be it NFTs or diversity discussions.

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Fils-Aimé was also unable to avoid commenting on Elden Ring. Because the action RPG from FromSoftware dominates the discussions in the gaming year 2022:

So, like seemingly every other player, I had to play a little Elden Ring. And it’s interesting because in the past I’ve played the ‘Souls’ games from [From Software] didn’t like.

They don’t suit my playstyle: I like being overpowered when facing bosses; i like to win. I don’t like it when my character dies.

Interview with Reggie Fils-Aimé Mashable

That’s not the case in Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Despite comparable design philosophy as far as the open world is concerned, “I’m dying [in Zelda] only a handful of times.” But Elden Ring is a difficult game by design, in which the player dies frequently and wants to learn from those setbacks.

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Why is that ironic? Anyone who still knows the old Nintendo games for NES and SNES knows, however, that they were no picnic either. As MeinMMO editor Benedict Grothaus puts it, “Super Mario 3 killed more controllers than all of the Soulsborne games combined.”

“I didn’t play to the end but I enjoyed the experience”

How did he find Elden Ring? Perhaps that contrast between the old Nintendo games and his troubles with the Souls games explains why Fils-Aimé ultimately didn’t hate Elden Ring — even if he “historically doesn’t enjoy much” high difficulty.

I did enjoy Elden Ring though. I didn’t play to the end but I enjoyed the experience and learned from it.

Interview with Reggie Fils-Aimé Mashable

Still, Fils-Aimé doesn’t want every new game to rely on the FromSoftware formula now. He believes that innovation is paramount in the gaming industry: “Consumers don’t just want another shooter [oder] a copycat of Elden Ring”.

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The former Nintendo boss does not explain exactly why he likes Elden Ring more than the other Souls games. If you want to find out what are the biggest differences from the latest FromSoftware game with old parts, you should have a look here:

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