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Charlie Scibetta

GamesBeat shared a new interview today with Charlie Scibetta, senior director of corporate communications at Nintendo of America. Scibetta weighed in on the company’s support of E3, Nintendo Labo VR, Switch’s lifespan, and more.

We’ve rounded up some of the notable topics from the interview below. You can find the full discussion on GamesBeat here.

At E3, GamesBeat interviewed Charlie Scibetta. Scibetta acts as Nintendo of America’s senior director of corporate communications. During the conversation, Scibetta spoke about Nintendo’s approach to E3 this year, the decision to stick with video presentations, having Fortnite revealed and released on the same day, and those who were hoping for a surprise.

We have these excerpts from the interview below. You can read the full discussion here.

A new interview with Nintendo senior director of corporate communications Charlie Scibetta is up from Ars Technica. The two chatted about the Switch stock situation, the NES Classic Edition, and fan games.

Continue on below for Scibetta’s comments. You can also read the original article here for a little bit of discussion about 3DS. 

The fact that Rocket League is in the works for Switch is big news. But last week, it was also announced that cross-play will be supported. When Rocket League launches on Switch, players will be able to battle against those on other systems like Xbox One and PC.

Nintendo of America corporate communications director Charlie Scibetta spoke about the decision to introduce cross-play on Switch as part of an interview with GamesBeat. It’s all a part of “trying to be more flexible as a company,” he explained.

Here’s the relevant portion of the interview:

During last week’s Nintendo Spotlight presentation at E3, Nintendo revealed two big projects for Switch. Metroid Prime 4 and a new core Pokemon game were announced for the platform.

Neither game was given any sort of release window. They’re definitely not 2017 titles – especially Pokemon, which will likely take more than a year to arrive. Yet Nintendo of America corporate communications director Charlie Scibetta has indicated that Pokemon as well as Metroid Prime 4 could be out on Switch next year.

Speaking about providing a consistent lineup of games on Switch, Scibetta noted:

TechCrunch is among the outlets to have interviewed an executive from Nintendo. The publication caught up with Charlie Scibetta, Nintendo of America’s senior director of corporate communications this past week.

TechCrunch started out by asking about how Nintendo approaches E3. Regarding that, Scibetta explained:

“We announced about a month ago that it would be a Zelda only game for us. And we also announced that Treehouse Live would be the primary way that we communicated with the public. here’s always speculation at a show like E3, but for us, we stayed true to what we intended to do.”

“Every year we look at it fresh and don’t think about what we did the year before. It’s about what we want to talk about this year and how we want to get the word out. For future years, it could be an execution like we did this time, we could go back to a presentation, we could do more Treehouse Live, we could go to a digital event, we could do something new.“

Nintendo’s E3 2016 booth is entirely dedicated to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Those are the only demo stations you’ll find, but the booth itself is decked out with a theme based on the game as well.

Here’s what Charlie Scibetta, senior director of corporate communications at Nintendo, had to say about the booth:

“We just wanted to create an immersive experience in the booth and dedicate everything to the one game by replicating the experience happening in the game. It’s an open-air adventure. You can feel one with nature. You can hear the sound of wind in the booth. We have fans. We have real grass. Everything is to scale. We wanted to go big with Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It’s very much a nature kind of experience.”

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Nintendo of America doesn’t bring out many games during the summer. Did you know that Wii Sports Club is the only retail title since 2007 to have launched during the month of July?

Charlie Scibetta, Nintendo’s senior director of corporate communications, explained the company’s approach in an interview with Nintendo World Report. Scibetta mentioned that Nintendo’s big business tends to take place during the last few months of the year, and he pointed to school graduations as another key time for game launches.

He said:

“We do the bulk of our business in the holiday season, probably about 60% in October, November, and December. You want to launch games when people are in the mood to buy.”

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Update: I’m not too sure that this is really an indication of anything, but the game has apparently been pulled from the “future releases” section of the Wii U eShop. Make of that what you will!


Devil’s Third was recently dated for August in both Japan and Europe. In North America, however, Nintendo has been keeping quiet. That continued into E3 2015, where Nintendo of America’s senior director of corporate communications Charlie Scibetta had nothing to say about it.

When asked about the status of Devil’s Third last week, Scibetta only noted: “I don’t have anything for you on Devil’s Third. Sorry.”

No one seems to have a clear idea about what’s going on with Devil’s Third in North America. Let’s just hope that we hear something soon.

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