You can’t beat a good console war, but with Nintendo’s current dominance of the both the home and portable video game industries it feels like years since we had a good, close fight between two major hardware manufacturers; the glory days of the 16-bit console war seem like an eternity ago.
Thankfully, it looks as if Sony is slipping on its boxing gloves and getting ready to dish out some pain, because the company has cast aspersions on the recently released DSi.
John Koller – Sony’s director of hardware marketing – has shot a few ‘choice words’ in the direction of Nintendo:
If Nintendo is really committed to reaching a broader, more diverse audience of gamers beyond the kids market that they've always engaged, there isn't much new with the DSi to support that update. Significant gamer demographic groups are being ignored, and there continues to be limited opportunities for games from external publishers to do well on the DSi. Compare that with the PSP platform, where we have many blockbuster franchises from our publishing partners launching this year, representing a wide variety of genres and targeting diverse demographics.
If Sony had been talking this particular brand of smack just over a year ago then they would have been laughed out of the room – the PSP was struggling with few decent titles on the horizon. However, thanks to some strong sales in Japan, the machine’s fortunes have taken a turn for the better, although it should be noted that it still lags behind the all-conquering DS by some margin.
Not that we should allow facts to get in the way, of course. Altogether now: FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!