Recently, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime was quizzed about the competition in the gaming industry. Fils-Aime was asked if he believes the time is right for a new round of consoles in light of rumors about the successors to the PlayStation 3/Xbox 360.
He responded by pointing to two Nintendo systems (3DS and Wii U) that were created once developers began having ideas that couldn’t be realized on current hardware. He also wondered how Nintendo’s competitors will innovate and provide new experiences, while also taking a quick jab at Move/Kinect. He indicated that Sony/Microsoft haven’t been providing interesting content for the peripherals.
Fils-Aime’s full response can be found below:
“From Nintendo’s perspective, we set the timing of a new console launch when we have ideas that our current products can’t put into pracice. A good example is the 3DS: when we imagined games like ‘Super Mario 3D Land’, which is a fun title that really needed that 3D perspective, that’s when we said it was time to invest in a new system. With Wii U, we imagined what could be done with two different screens.
“After our competitors become aware of what Nintendo can make, how will they innovate? How will they bring new experiences to consumers that can only be made possible with another system? You know, perhaps speaking from the perspective of our performance in the U.S., even after our competitors launched their motion devices, after the initial excitement, where were the games, the great experiences? They have been slow in putting this into practice.
“For consumers, the question is: where are the truly innovative experiences on the market? I think we’re innovating with the 3DS and we believe we will do that with Wii U as well.”
Thanks to Tim for the tip/translation!