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Nintendo's Fils-Aime: Microsoft, Sony need to react to us

 

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime has some sharp words for Microsoft and Sony: you react to us, not the other way around.

Speaking to CNET in a telephone interview today, Fils-Aime brushed off an assertion that the Wii U could be faced with irrelevancy issues if Microsoft and Sony launch their new consoles in the coming year, as expected.

"In the end, our competitors need to react to what we're doing in the marketplace and need to figure out what their innovation will be," Fils-Aime told CNET. "It's likely that faster processors and pretty pictures won't be enough to motivate consumers. They need to react to what we've done and we need to continue innovating with the Wii U and we will."

Nintendo launched its Wii U console last week. According to Fils-Aime, his company has sold 400,000 units in the U.S. since that launch. The Wii U is being called the first next-generation console, but with HD support and graphics that about match the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, some say it's actually a way for Nintendo to catch up to the current generation and the company launched the device too soon.

"We don't believe so," Fils-Aime said in response to those claims. "For us, launching new systems is about bringing new consumer experiences to the marketplace and we're doing that with Nintendo land and third-party publishers are doing it with games like ZombiU. For us, now is the right time to launch new hardware."

Still, the Wii U will need to compete with products that will likely deliver vastly improved hardware compared to Nintendo's option. Last week, Xbox World magazine leaked details it says it has surrounding Microsoft's next console, the Xbox 720. That device, according to the magazine, will include improved graphics, an enhanced motion-gaming experience with the Kinect 2.0, and a Blu-ray drive. If those features came to the Xbox 720, the device would be far more powerful than the Wii U.

Sony is believed to be working on a similarly powerful PlayStation 4.

At least so far, Fils-Aime isn't concerned. He said that "consumer response [to the Wii U] has been very positive," adding that the device's performance to this point is "quite comparable" to the Wii, indicating the Wii U could match what is one of the most popular consoles of all time.

In the end, Fils-Aime doesn't see the Wii U as a standalone piece of hardware, but as "a living, breathing" product that will continue to be improved over the coming years.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-10797_3-57554148-235/nintendos-fils-aime-microsoft-sony-need-to-react-to-us/



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If "innovation" means another type of controller I don't really care. It's cool, but I don't see how it makes anything more fun. I'd rather just have an altered version on the controller I already love and then have some peripherals that experiment a little more.

In this day and age software probably counts for more anyway (OS and its features, UI etc.).



I think the WiiU should have at least outperformed the 360. The COD DF comparison test is dissappointing, but that may just be the fact that it wasn't optimized, but still this shouldn't even be a contest... the xbox360 is 7 years old.

However, had the U at least shown better performance than last gen consoles, Reggie would be absolutely right, it's the games ultimately that sell the product. However, it's not good to under-offer with sub-par hardware.

Was it an engineering fail? It doesn't seem like it, the U's architecture seems highly thought out. Are we judging it too soon? I sure hope so. In the end, if it is weaker than the 360, that is no good, even with the added value of the pad. Might as well take a bit more time to refine it while offering more Wii games, than offering a console prematurely that fails to be future proof.

I hope to god the controllers for PS4 and Xbox 720 stay the same. The Wii U controller is TOO DAMN BIG! (imo)

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Cyrus_ATX said:

Nintendo's Fils-Aime: Microsoft, Sony need to react to us

 

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime has some sharp words for Microsoft and Sony: you react to us, not the other way around.

Speaking to CNET in a telephone interview today, Fils-Aime brushed off an assertion that the Wii U could be faced with irrelevancy issues if Microsoft and Sony launch their new consoles in the coming year, as expected.

"In the end, our competitors need to react to what we're doing in the marketplace and need to figure out what their innovation will be," Fils-Aime told CNET. "It's likely that faster processors and pretty pictures won't be enough to motivate consumers. They need to react to what we've done and we need to continue innovating with the Wii U and we will."

Nintendo launched its Wii U console last week. According to Fils-Aime, his company has sold 400,000 units in the U.S. since that launch. The Wii U is being called the first next-generation console, but with HD support and graphics that about match the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, some say it's actually a way for Nintendo to catch up to the current generation and the company launched the device too soon.

"We don't believe so," Fils-Aime said in response to those claims. "For us, launching new systems is about bringing new consumer experiences to the marketplace and we're doing that with Nintendo land and third-party publishers are doing it with games like ZombiU. For us, now is the right time to launch new hardware."

Still, the Wii U will need to compete with products that will likely deliver vastly improved hardware compared to Nintendo's option. Last week, Xbox World magazine leaked details it says it has surrounding Microsoft's next console, the Xbox 720. That device, according to the magazine, will include improved graphics, an enhanced motion-gaming experience with the Kinect 2.0, and a Blu-ray drive. If those features came to the Xbox 720, the device would be far more powerful than the Wii U.

Sony is believed to be working on a similarly powerful PlayStation 4.

At least so far, Fils-Aime isn't concerned. He said that "consumer response [to the Wii U] has been very positive," adding that the device's performance to this point is "quite comparable" to the Wii, indicating the Wii U could match what is one of the most popular consoles of all time.

In the end, Fils-Aime doesn't see the Wii U as a standalone piece of hardware, but as "a living, breathing" product that will continue to be improved over the coming years.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-10797_3-57554148-235/nintendos-fils-aime-microsoft-sony-need-to-react-to-us/

It's going to be interesting to see how things unfold.  No doubt Sony and Microsoft will release more compelling hardware than Nintendo has. But I still believe that two  other factors need to be considered. Sony and Microsoft has to split a market, Sony and Microsoft will come in with high price points, Nintendo has the 1st party software that will sell the most consoles out of the three.  I own and Wiiu and i'm going to enjoy it a lot once Nintendo starts delivering it's big guns into the market. But I'm also quite eager to see what Sony and Microsoft deliver and am leaning towards a PS4 as a second console.



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Andrespetmonkey said:

If "innovation" means another type of controller I don't really care. It's cool, but I don't see how it makes anything more fun. I'd rather just have an altered version on the controller I already love and then have some peripherals that experiment a little more.

In this day and age software probably counts for more anyway (OS and its features, UI etc.).


It's not about a controller tha makes things more fun so much as it is about a controller that allows you to play your games more often. It's nice having a console that I can play games on even when the TV is being used for other purposes. It means I can have the console in the living room rather than in my bedroom where my ps4 will go. That alone is innovative. If anything else comes of the controller that is only icing on something that is already a cake.



It's nice to see someone has picked up Sony's balls and is running with them now.

His arrogance may come to haunt him. I think both Microsoft and Sony have to take notice of what Nintendo does successfully, but I don't believe that means they need to follow Nintendo. Right now Nintendo is doing a lot of catch-up and we nor Nintendo know what Microsoft and Sony are up to.

My guess is that both Microsoft and Sony have something worked out to compete against the Wii U's controller, and implementing a text-chat world would seem pretty basic when it's entirely possible that Microsoft could implement a live-chat world. Likewise, Sony could integrate Home into the UMB to create a world where you can socialize with people as well as interface with your console.

Nothing Nintendo has done for this next generation is something that can't be easily duplicated, nor is it something that either company doesn't already have a basis for developing further into a direct competitor. So if either Microsoft or Sony match what Nintendo has done with Miiverse or the Wii U controller, they offer something that Nintendo can't or doesn't have ready, and either or both Microsoft and/or Sony have high-performance hardware, then Nintendo could be made irrelevant faster than it was last generation.

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Unless Sony and MS are going to start giving us Nintendo exclusives, then there is no reason to try and copy Nintendo. I love my Wii U, but I would hate to see Sony and MS try and do something similar.


 

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Guy sounds like a serious baus with that first line.

I understand what he is saying. You guys can disagree for this generation all you want, but Kinect and Move became much more important to Sony and Microsoft only after the Wii became such a hit.