Sony On Wii U: The Message Has Been A "Bit Confusing"
Even though Sony and Nintendo are technically in competition against each other, one still wants the other to succeed.
Speaking during a recent IGN interview, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida said they "need Nintendo to be very successful to help induct as many consumers who like to play games with controllers, sticks, and buttons because we believe they are great things."
The Wii was a smash hit phenomenon right out of the gate, but the Wii U has under-performed so far; it hasn't even hit the 4 million mark yet. Yoshida said the reason for this may be due to Nintendo pushing the system at core gamers rather than remaining focused on the family market:
"I think success or making mistakes depends on how you set your goal. I don't know what was Nintendo’s goal when they launched Wii U. To me, it was a bit confusing because what they did really well was create a very safe environment for anyone, especially children, to enjoy games and induct those people who have never played games ever to become gamers. And they always do very well."
However, he added that the Wii U's message to core gamers "was a bit confusing," which is why the supposed next-gen console isn't selling well at all. That being said, he does believe Nintendo is "coming back to where they are focused," so maybe we'll see a resurgence.
11/14/2013 1:11:20 PM Ben Dutka