Scribblenauts creative director Jeremiah Slaczka has stuck his oar into the “next-gen-but-not-really” wave of gimmickry, assessing that Nintendo’s upcoming 3DS is a cooler prospect than either Microsoft’s Kinect or the PlayStation Move. And this is a man who knows cool.
“Yeah… a little. I don’t know,” he said when asked if Kinect or Move were particularly inspiring to him. “The 3DS is cooler in our opinion.”
5th Cell’s currently working on an XBLA shooter called Hybrid, and they turned down the chance to make it a Kinect game: “When we were working on Hybrid, we [had to] decide whether we wanted to do a Kinect game or a core title. Microsoft said ‘You can do Kinect!’ We checked it out, and decided we’d rather do this.
“Move is okay. It’s Wii plus. It’s good for what it is. Ultimately it’s all about the system. If the idea makes sense, then we can do it and we will. But it’s all about the idea.”
Currently, 5th Cell has a 3DS game in development, and Slaczka notes that the system’s camera is the most interesting feature despite hardly anybody mentioning it.
I’ll say one thing for the 3DS that definitely puts it above Kinect and Move — it has more games than either of them, and it’s not even been released yet.