Published on August 30th, 2013 | by Alex
Nintendo President Not Impressed With PS4 and Xbox One… Wait, What?!
I love Reggie Fils-Aime. He always buys into whatever it is they do at Nintendo wholeheartedly and he can usually make you feel the same way. He can be pretty persuasive at times, too. However, lately it seems that he is losing all grasp on reality. I’m sure he said this because he had to, but still…
When asked about the PS4 and Xbox One lineups he said:
It’s all about the games. The competitive systems have announced their launch lineups. I’m allowed to say ‘Meh,’” Fils-Aime said. “I look at our lineup of titles and I feel good about our lineup. We’ve got Zelda. We’ve got Mario. We’ve got Donkey Kong. In addition to great titles like Pikmin 3 and Wonderful 101, I feel very good about our lineup, and I feel very good about the value proposition we’re putting out there for the consumer.
Now, I don’t know what “competitive systems” he’s talking about but the launch lineups for the Xbox and the PS4 are incredible compared to the shit Nintendo gave us. Granted the third party titles are pretty similar, but at least the PS4 and Xbox aren’t giving us shitty versions of games we played a year ago.
The Nintendo flagship titles are some of my favorite games of all time. I’d rather play a new Mario, Zelda, or Metroid game over anything else on the market. That said, I don’t want a pile of shit NEW Super Mario Game. I don’t want a classic title in seudo 3D. I don’t want an HD remake of a Zelda game I’ve played through multiple times. I’m not even excited about Super Mario 3D land. Pikman was a fun game, but I don’t buy Nintendo to play fucking Pikman, I don’t play Nintendo for New Super Mario Bros, I don’t play Nintendo for a fucking HD remake of an old game.
I play Nintendo for innovation, invention, and imagination.
Since the Wii was released Nintendo has recycled old games and made them into “new” ones. I’d rather play Killzone than a “NEW” Super Mario Bros. I’d MUCH rather play Dead Rising 3 over an HD remake of Wind Waker. Sure, there are flashes of brilliance like Kirby’s Epic Yarn, but lately Nintendo has been the old man complaining about loud music. Especially with the release of the Wii U. How many years did it take for Nintendo to REALLY get online? Remember the Let’s Play bullshit earlier this year?
That’s not all though. Throughout the interview Reggie kept droning on about games and experiences:
“But the difference is, we don’t talk about the tech. We talk about the experience. And so I think as you compare and contrast Nintendo with other players in the space, for us it’s about games, about the fun, about the entertainment value, and not about the tech.”
I’ve fought on Nintendo’s side my whole life. Part of me still believes they can pull it together, but its waning, a lot. Every time Reggie says something like this I scratch my head. He admits that what sells consoles are quality games, Nintendo has none. He talks about having a good experience on the console, I’ve never had one on a Wii U. He talks about entertainment value, I feel ripped off. The tech? Really? The console’s price dropped $50 before it’s first year was over.
It saddens me to see this company that was once beloved for the whimsical and inventive characters has now become a caricature of themselves. They keep preaching games and experience and it’s turning everyone against them. Do you guys think Nintendo can get it together or is the end coming for Nintendo?
Let us know what you think in the comments.