Only last week, the man-made-meat-man that is Reggie Fils-Aime was quite complimentary of his rivals, praising Halo 3 and LittleBigPlanet. As if to suggest that this kind of good nature won’t do, Reggie has brought Nintendo back to the smug train, claiming that Sony and Microsoft are now in a strategic trap with no clear way out.
“The challenge that our competitors have is significant. They’ve gone down the path with building expensive machines that they lose money on,” lectured Ol’ Hamburger Hands. “They’ve gone down the path with games that are hard to develop. They’ve put themselves in a box. I don’t know how they’re going to get out of it.”
Nintendo’s smugness bothers me a lot, considering the GameCube was a failure (despite its greatness) and the Wii was a lucky fluke, not an act of marketing genius. Furthermore, considering the lack of innovation seen in Wii games thus far and the fact that motion sensing is not very new technology at all, one could argue that it’s the PS3 and 360, not the Wii, that has at least evolved games. Anyone who says the Wii is innovative doesn’t know technology.
Microsoft had its own claims to make, citing software sales that beat out both the Wii and PS3. It also spoke of quality, not quantity, pointing toward a greater number of 90+ review scores than other platforms. The true test of power is yet to come though — will Super Mario Galaxy destroy Halo 3? That, right now, is the thing that interests me more than any corporate self-fellatio.
[Thanks to Aerox]