Reggie’s response to the AM2R line of questions was disappointing but completely expected. He dodged the meat of the question and fell back on talk of controlling IP. They are within their rights to protect their IP, but, when taken in the context of their larger issues with, let’s say, overzealous control of fan created content, it still looks pretty lame.
Look, we get it, you were developing your own remake when AM2R came out. It threatened future sales and thus your ROI on your forthcoming project. That’s why AM2R had to be shut down even though it wasn’t being monetized by its fan developers.
I know it’s a counter factual, but what I would have liked to hear would be something along these lines: “We would have loved to work with the AM2R team, but we had our own project in the works at the time, and AM2R was infringing on that upcoming release’s possible sales, and so we had to take an aggressive stance on protecting our copyright. That’s unfortunate because of the time and passion that these folks put into their own project. Coming in and throwing our weight as a company around against fans is not something we do lightly, but it was a business decision that we had to make to protect our investment and IP. We are of course supportive of the creativity of our fan base, and we do want to help them when it makes sense for us, too. In this case, it just didn’t make sense for us, and, as I said, that’'s maybe a bit unfortunate on a personal level, but it was the best business decision for us at the time.”
A little forthrightness and a more conciliatory attitude would go a long way, I think. The people who are digging deep enough to listen to Reggie talk about this are savvy enough to grok what is going on, here, and recognize the larger context in which Nintendo’s actions like this exist. Then again, this was probably an unexpected line of questioning on Austin’s part, and so Reggie fell back on a stock, conservative answer (that would make sense, if things were as heated as Austin mentions they were). At any rate, I’m hardly up in arms over here, but I still think the response is pretty unsatisfying.