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PlayStation Executive Shuhei Yoshida Is Doing His Part to Help Wii U

Posted by Sammy Barker

Suit loves Super Mario 3D World

Much like the PlayStation Vita, the Wii U hasn’t enjoyed a particularly fruitful first year on the market. It took just 24 hours for the PlayStation 4 to surpass Nintendo’s next generation machine in the UK, and while things aren’t quite as bleak elsewhere, there’s no denying that the device has failed to capture the imagination of most gamers. Sony Worldwide Studios present Shuhei Yoshida, however, is a big fan.

“I own two Wii U [consoles] myself,” he said as part of an appearance on a Japanese talk show. "The latest Mario game is really good. I think that the Wii U is just getting started." The executive was responding to a question regarding the state of the struggling system – and he added that he hopes for the sake of the industry that it picks up steam. “Nintendo helps raise and teaches the fun of games to people just starting out,” he said. “I think that's a very important thing in this industry.”

It’s always nice to hear high-profile honchos such as Shuhei Yoshida speak positively about the opposition, and he raises a pertinent point. Nintendo consoles have historically proven a positive entry point for new gamers around the globe – and Sony needs that part of the market to thrive in order to convert them to PlayStation down the line. Personally, we just like to see lots of healthy competition between all three of the primary platform holders, because that generally results in better games all around.

[via kotaku.com]

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ferrers405

#2

ferrers405 said:

Yoshida looks like a guy who appreciate good games no matter who made them, more people should be like Shuhei, just play and have fun.

get2sammybAdmin

#3

get2sammyb said:

@ferrers405 I think you're right. After all, I guess it's his job to understand and appreciate good games. I'm really not surprised that he's active on all of the platforms. I like that he comes out and openly talks about it, though.

BornOfEvil

#5

BornOfEvil said:

This is why everyone loves Shuhei, he's just an all-around nice guy. I guess that's why all the ladies want him and all the guys want to be him.

Sony and Nintendo should collaborate on a game. All-Stars vs Smash Bros, perhaps?

PMasterTy9

#6

PMasterTy9 said:

Yeah I have much respect for Shuhei!! I would like to see similar attitude on the Microsoft side but I doubt that would happen.

charlesnarles

#8

charlesnarles said:

@BornOfEvil I can see that happening, actually. What's stopping them from selling it on both systems, too?
And yeah his entire demeanor is why he's the boss man making the big bucks. Sony could gloat in Nintendo's face, but they know how it feels (ps3 vs wii). Sony is a big kid now, all wise and keeping enemies close heh

BornOfEvil

#9

BornOfEvil said:

@charlesnarles It wouldn't make sense for it to be exclusive since it would feature characters from both companies.

It would sell out near instantly if it took the strengths of All-Stars (an actual learning curve, large movesets, level mashups) and combined them with Smash's strengths (brand name, ring outs, story mode).

Jaz007

#10

Jaz007 said:

I wonder why he owns two Wii Us? Nice to see him talk so positively about Nintendo.

Epic

#12

Epic said:

@Jaz007 One is from the US and other from Japan.
Remember its region locked, he answered this on an IGN interview.

craigun

#13

craigun said:

Nice to see these companies getting along again. Remember when Nintendo commission Sony to develop the PlayStation for the SNES? We all remember what happened there!

GoldenAxe

#15

GoldenAxe said:

This isn't true, once a Nintendo fan, always a Nintendo fan.

All those PS and X1 fanboys are kids, majority never played SNES or N64.

rastamadeus

#17

rastamadeus said:

It's clear he's a genuine gamer who can appreciate fantastic games on whatever console they're on. Wouldn't it be nice if the moronic fanboys on each side could be like that? Why hate Nintendo when you could play Mario, Smash and Zelda? Why hate Sony when you can play Gravity Rush, Uncharted and Tearaway? Leave the pathetic bickering, grow up and just play games rather then being a bitter child.

@charlesnarles and @BornOfEvil More chance of finding hens teeth than a Smash/All-Stars game, even if Nintendo went third party. Which they won't. Now a Nintendo vs. Sega Smash game would be amazing.

@GoldenAxe What an odd assement.

Bad-MuthaAdebisi

#18

Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

Its a nice gesture but its not really going to make a difference. If they want to sell more consoles then they need a broader spectrum of games. The vita can half rely on ps3/4 hand-me-downs.

Sanquine

#20

Sanquine said:

@GoldenAxe Well guess what i played SNES, N64:) Guess what im a playstation fan:D! Before PS came with a console i was all over Nintendo

jgrangervikings1

#21

jgrangervikings1 said:

No sense in kicking a console when it's down. As sales are showing, it's really a two-horse race at this point, though that could change if Nintendo ditches the clunky touchscreen and drops the price down to $149.99 USD. But, Nintendo likes making money, and subsidizing the console's costs to get the system into more homes would be a huge financial hit initially, and it would take a lot of software sales to earn back that money.

Still, if I owned Nintendo and wanted to sell more Wii U games, I'd do something totally different. Like, package a 2DS with Wii U for $249.99. Or port Super Mario World 3D to the PS4 and make it VERY clear that tis is the only Nintendo game you'll see on PS4...and then release the sequel to that title on the Wii U about 1 month later, and you'd see all kinds of customers flock to get a Wii U to get the exclusive new Mario game.

JaxonH

#22

JaxonH said:

@jgrangervikings
It was always a 2 horse race. Nintendo doesn't thrive off the same types of games Playstation and Microsoft do. These are primarily 3rd party machines, that's their specialty, while Nintendo thrives off internal software, that's its specialty. But even if you did want to make it into a race, I wouldn't write Wii U off yet. 3 weeks in a row now it's been at the top of the hardware charts in Japan, and sales are picking up in North America too, albeit the UK is pretty grim. Nintendo's been selling its consoles off 1st party content for decades, and this generation will be no different. As long as Nintendo doesn't lose it's talent at making really fun games, they'll be fine.

PS: The gamepad is not a "clunky touchscreen". I own a Wii U, and can tell you from personal experience it's actually super light (way lighter than you'd think), extremely ergonomic and just feels like you're holding a normal controller after using it a while. Nintendo's always been chasing dual-screen gaming, from the 2 screen Game&Watch handhelds in the 80's, to the Gamecube/Gameboy Advance connectivity in the 6th gen, to the extremely successful Nintendo DS (Dual Screen) and 3DS, and now Wii U. Once accustomed to a second screen it's a little hard to go back to just one. It was only a matter of time before they brought the concept to home consoles. They just needed the technology to create a wireless controller without lag, which is most likely what prevented them from implementing it until now I think.

This isn't the first time a I've seen a console struggle after launch. In fact, it happens almost every time. And every time, as long as they don't abandon the platform, it eventually becomes successful. I don't think it's possible for the Wii U to fail, because whether it be a year from now, 2 years from now, or whatever, eventually the point will come where there are too many great games to ignore. I call this the event horizon. The threshold at which gamers can no longer resist the span of games on a platform. Me personally, I bought one right away cause I've been gaming Nintendo for many years, and I already know the console's going to have some of the best games on it (and already does). Same for PS4- it may not have the games now, but I already know it will down the line...

Zodiak13

#23

Zodiak13 said:

I have a rule about buying consoles. I wont buy one unless 5 games are out for it that I want. It took til this February to finally get to that # on the PS3. I hope it doesn't take that long on PS4. Although I realyy dislike Sega, I know there will be some good RPG's eventually, and maybe a platformer that is actually good (sorry, Little Big Planet was one of my 5, and that was horrible).

Since I'm not a dudebro gamer, I must rely on Sony for my RPG's (console at least), and Nintendo for platformers and other unique style games. Thankfully, my 3DS gives me both in a portable package, and Vita may soon be relevant if enough RPG's come out. I see no reason at all to get an XB1, but I will start frequenting this site to get more info on what's coming down the pike.
I will do my best to leave my Nintendo bias at the door so to speak.

WaLzgiStaff

#24

WaLzgi said:

@jgrangervikings Wut? Your logic makes no sense. Why would you claim your games are on one system after releasing one on another console?

Anywho, this should be a sign. Buy a Wii U today because even Sony's bossman likes it!!! :D

jgrangervikings1

#25

jgrangervikings1 said:

@DarkwingLz The logic is this: Mario games aren't the system sellers they once were. It's not because they're bad games; it's because all the PS3 and XBox gamers have already made their peace with the fact that they're no longer going to be able to play new Mario games and those gamers have essentially put their blinders on when it comes to the new Mario product. By Nintendo releasing one Mario game on a 3rd party console, Nintendo is forcing those PS and XBox players to open their eyes--hey, look, a Mario game that you can buy without having to pony up the dough for a Nintendo system. Now that Nintendo has made Mario accessible to buy and play on 3rd party systems, they've rekindled the excitement and joy of a Mario game and CONNECTED with all gamers, THEN they play their trump card: a brand new Mario game that's exclusive (and all future games will be exclusive) to the Wii-U. Gamers will go out in droves to buy the Wii-U because their relationship with Mario has been rekindled, and those gamers no longer have blinders on--they'll feel like they HAVE to get that exclusive Wii-U Mario because they'll feel they're really missing out by not having it.

The logic, in a different example, is like this: my dog LOVES human food. He'll sit next to the table and beg for it. If I don't give him human food for a couple of weeks, he eventually stops begging at the table. He, instead, goes about his business and doesn't pay attention to what I'm eating because he knows he's not going to get any--it could be the best tasting t-bone steak and he won't pay attention because he knows he ain't gonna get any. (This is how most PS and XBox gamers are now--they don't care about Nntendo because they know they ain't gonna get one.) ---------->NOW, let's say I decide to give my dog a small scrap of steak one night at the table; that dog will go totally nuts and he'll love it. I've rekindled his interest in steak and food from the table. He remembers how tasty that human food is, and he'll be begging for more for months. Even if I make it harder for my dog to get that next scrap of food (like put it just out of reach...a la release the next big Mario game but only on Wii-U) that dog will do anything and everything to go get that scrap of meat (and all of a sudden, you now have serious demand for the Nintendo Wii-U).

Hope that makes sense. The logic is there--it's just a matter of whether I can explain it well enough to be understood. :-)

WaLzgiStaff

#26

WaLzgi said:

Conversely, those gamers will think Nintendo would do it again. "Why buy this console when Nintendo will just release more games on my console later after the Wii U fails?"

artemisthemp

#27

artemisthemp said:

The issue with Wii U is the same issue Xbox 360 suffer under, which was a lack of quality exclusive and I doesn't mean Hal... I mean Mario, but third party exclusives like Tales of Xillia, Atelier Ayesha, Hyperdimension Neptunia.

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