Reggie Fils-Aime took to CNN this weekend to deliver a steaming plate of juicy lies. In a talk with Kristie Lu Stout, the beefy boss of Nintendo of America claimed that the Wii U's third-party games looked "dramatically" better than versions found on rival consoles.
Yeah ... well that's not true, is it?
"The specs are quite different than the competitive systems, much more graphically intensive," he claimed. "If you do a side-by-side comparison you would actually see that third-party games like Call of Duty look dramatically better on our system."
The rest of the interview is Reggie hyping up the Wii U and dancing around questions, as you'd expect, and it's interesting to watch, if only for a less confident Reggie. He seems quite muted and careful -- probably because he soon realizes he can't just "press release" his way through the interview like he could if he were talking to a garmes jarnalizt. Still, that didn't stop him telling a naughty fib.
I've been behind the Wii U since it launched, and I love a lot about it, but the third party efforts have not been a highlight so far. Given how good the first party products look, I'm inclined to think it's more a result of rushed port jobs than the machine itself, but that doesn't excuse the meaty executive going on national television and suggesting otherwise.
At best, third-party games have looked on par, and at worst, they've suffered from some horrible visual jaggedness and framerate slowdown. Even if the Wii U is capable of better, it's certainly not been evident with the ports so far, and it's a little tasteless for Fils-Aime to sit there and boldly make a claim that simply isn't true.
I expect my corporate mouthpieces to bullshit me with a bit more class than that.
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7:45 PM on 03.03.2015