Well RawMeatCowboy (RMC) from GoNintendo definitely started something here!

Wouldn’t it be nice if Nintendo had someone like Major Nelson, the voice of the Xbox fanboys? Nelson definitely has his pulse on the fan community of Microsoft’s Xbox division, and Microsoft seems to think that having this community element is extremely important. When it comes to Nintendo, we really don’t get that sort of thing. I’d love to see the Big N have a figurehead that kept closely in touch with the legions of Nintendo die-hards out there. – http://gonintendo.com/viewstory.php?id=91321

Larry Hryb - Major Nelson
Now I have mentioned before that I would love Nintendo to have their very own Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb but this was more in terms of his handling of their online sevices in the same vein of how Larry handles Xbox LIVE.

Nintendo have been successful in developing systems and software, but one thing they are hesitant about is online. I think they need to create a team that’s single task is to develop Nintendo’s online/WiiConnect24 similar to the Xbox LIVE team headed off my Major Neilson. Nintendo need to keep this team to work on their own, Miyamoto should have input but not the power to say ‘No’ your not doing that. One thing I’ve found over the years being a fan, and don’t get me wrong I love Miyamoto’s creativity, but he too many times have stopped things in their tracks. I feel that the biggest adversity to Online stems from Miyamoto, to move forward they need to hold him back from shutting things down where online and friends are concerned. – https://weemancom.wordpress.com/2009/07/19/nintendos-online-friends-system/

But when we read what RMC is hitting at, a face for the core consumer to relate to and have their backs in corporate decisions I think that could be even more important! Many a time the core consumer feels left out from what Nintendo is doing or what direction their heading. A simple example is that their online infrastructure is NOT designed with the serious gamer in mind, it is designed for the casual gamer and that is that!

As soon as RMC posted his End of Day Thoughts, people started writing responses two of which are below;

As a face and voice for the Xbox 360 fans, Microsoft has Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb. Sony has Jeff Rubenstein for their PlayStation community. Even software-only developers have communities setup to encourage other fans to participate in discussions and interact with each other 24/7 (Bungie and Capcom come immediately to mind, though I’m sure there are others). One company that has no such thing is perhaps the one that could use it the most: Nintendo. – http://www.consumd.net/?p=308

As a company which seems to encourage players to play face-to-face with the Wii, it’s kind of strange that the company doesn’t really seem to have a particular “face” with which to interact with its fans. Sure, we have the likes of Denise Kaigler and Cammie Dunaway, but they don’t seem to come out all that often– mostly around trade shows.

And as RMC points out, it looked for a time that Reggie Fils-Aime might be that person, but he was soon elevated to an even loftier position. Ironically, a higher-profile position within the company wound up meaning that he has generally had less face-time with the media. – http://wii.kombo.com/article.php?artid=14595

Lets see where this goes, and I would love to get Larry’s opinion on this matter!