Reggie Fils-Aime’s body is not ready for the PlayStation 4. Chatting with IGN following the announcement of yesterday’s Wii U price cut, the outspoken Nintendo of America president described the impending console’s launch window offering as “meh”, despite it sharing a handful of titles with the House of Mario’s machine.
“It’s all about the games,” he told the site. “The competitive systems have announced their launch lineups. I’m allowed to say, ‘Meh’. 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 that we’re putting out there for the consumer.”
In a shot aimed mostly at Microsoft and its Xbox One, the executive added that it prefers to talk about experiences rather than technology. “We’ve got cloud technology that we’re delivering with the Wii U; Nintendo TVii is all cloud-based technology. But the difference is that we don’t talk about the technology. We talk about the experience.”
He concluded: “We make sure that the consumer has fun with the game experiences that we provide. And so I think that 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 technology.”
It’s not an unfair point, but we do think that Fils-Aime is selling Sony’s approach a little bit short. The platform holder may have talked about the PS4’s internals quite a lot, but it’s always backed that up with strong software announcements – be it from blockbuster developers or smaller indie outfits. We suppose that it would be odd for a competitor to outright acknowledge that, but perhaps it would be better to say nothing at all.