Nintendo’s CEO has been saying the PS4 and Xbox 720 are no competition for the Wii U – because consumers won’t be able to tell the difference anyway.
Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata in a recent interview, describing how irrelevant hardware specs are to the modern gamer:
“My impression is that the things that happened with Wii vs 360 or Wii vs PS3 won’t happen again.
If they decide to increase the spec numbers, will the consumers be able to realise the difference enough so that they can understand it’s much superior to today’s machine?
And also, if they beef up the processing power, that simply means much more work for software developers to take advantage of those spec numbers.
So I have to ask the question if that type of differentiation really makes sense.”
With the Wii U apparently struggling to beat even the current generation of consoles and some consumers sophisticated enough to understand something as complex as a screenshot, he had better be right.
In other remarks he politely chided Sony and Microsoft for ripping off Nintendo’s latest console, yet again:
“It’s quicker than before. After our showing of motion control, it took three years for other companies to follow suit.
But this time it’s just one year after our proposal, even before we’ve released the actual product. I think that proves the great potential of what we showed last year.
However, I have to point out that there are essential differences between what we are doing and what other companies are doing. The main difference is that anyone who has a Wii U will be able to enjoy the two screen experience, while the other companies are saying its optional, but only if you have this device or that device.”
He can perhaps be forgiven for a certain lack of concern after the crushing success of Move and Kinect.