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Ex-Nintendo Boss Admits He Bought An Xbox, Not A GameCube

Reggie Fils-Aimé, former Nintendo of America president and COO, has admitted he purchased both an Xbox and a PlayStation 2 before a Nintendo GameCube, buying one only after being hired to promote the console. The GameCube is widely considered to be one of Nintendo's bigger console failures, securing fewer sales than its predecessor, the N64.

Appearing in a video from Microsoft Alumni Network in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Xbox (via VGC), Fils-Aimé confessed that the GameCube wasn't yet a part of his console collection when he joined Nintendo as Executive Vice president of sales and marketing in 2003, despite owning an Xbox and PS2. The retired Nintendo president admitted:

“When Xbox launched, I wasn’t in the industry, so I was a consumer. 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.”

Fils-Aimé went on to share his love of Xbox's flagship franchise Halo, which is also celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. According to Fils-Aimé, Halo is his first Xbox memory, describing the game as "what got the original Xbox into my house."

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The GameCube might not have seen the sales figures the company would have liked, but it's still recognized as being home to some of the Nintendo's biggest and most popular games. Luigi's Mansion, Metroid Prime, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and Super Mario Sunshine are just a few of GameCube's most highly-rated and adored releases, while cross-platform classics like Resident Evil 4 also saw success on the console. Reggie Fils-Aimé may have been a little late in acquiring a GameCube, but the former Nintendo head likely had lots to delve into when picking one up.

Watch the video on YouTube here.

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Source: Microsoft Alumni Network/YouTube (via VGC)

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