Nintendo’s getting too cocky


Nintendo’s Wii, though it’s debatably a last generation system is this generations top selling console, besting its nearest competitor by about 20 million consoles. It seems to have given the company – at least its American face – a bit of bravado, echoing Ken Katarugi and PlayStation’s cocky excess at the beginning of this generation.

It’s unusual for Nintendo to demonstrate the sort of trash talking you expect from Microsoft and Sony – but the success of the Wii and the initial success of the Wii U seems to have spurred them on a bit.

Speaking to CNET, Nintendo of America’s walking hunk of man-meat, Reggie Fils-Aime said “In the end, our competitors need to react to what we’re doing in the marketplace and need to figure out what their innovation will be.”

“It’s likely that faster processors and pretty pictures won’t be enough to motivate consumers. They need to react to what we’ve done and we need to continue innovating with the Wii U – and we will.”

It’s obviously Reggie’s job to try and shift as many consoles as possible, and while this bit of mudslinging isn’t quite as severe as we’ve seen in the past, it’s still wholly unnecessary. Sony won the living hell out of the last generation with its ubiquitous PlayStation 2 – but Ken “Get a second job” Katarugi pissed away much gamer sentiment with his unbridled arrogance at the beginning of this generation.

It looks like Nintendo might be on that same, dark path.

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Author:Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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