SCEE Boss On Wii U And Nintendo Using PS3 Footage
The Nintendo Wii U is getting a ton of attention after its unveiling at E3 2011, and even the competition has made some observations.
Sony isn’t known for taking jabs and throwing stones, but SCEE president Andrew House had a question that is quite valid, especially considering Nintendo’s targeted demographic. For the record, the Wii U won’t come with multiple controllers (the ones with that nifty touch-screen). Therefore, other players will be stuck with the old WiiMotes, as it seems the main Wii U controller won’t be available separately. So House observed:
"But that means then that the lowest common denominator is going to be a Wii interaction for the vast majority of consumers. What if you’ve got a family of six?"
And isn't Nintendo all about family and multiplayer fun in the living room these days...? As for that well-known bit about Nintendo using PlayStation 3 footage in their presentation of Wii U titles, House only had one thing to say in speaking with GamesIndustry.biz:
"The only thing I’ve got to say is mimicry is the highest form of flattery."
Well, that’s certainly a classy remark; personally, if I had been president of a company that saw our footage stolen to promote a competitor’s product, I’d be freaking out. Big time. But that’s why I could never do that demanding job; it requires a whole lot of tact and political common sense. So good on ya, House.
6/13/2011 2:13:20 PM Ben Dutka