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Nintendo "Feels Good" About How It Stacks Up Against Sony And Microsoft

Posted by Damien McFerran

Software will motivate consumers, says Nintendo's Charlie Scibetta

Both Sony and Microsoft have revealed their next-gen consoles at E3, showing off new titles as well as talking about the fresh experiences offered by the platforms. Given that Nintendo has had no new hardware to show off this year, you might assume that the Japanese company is on the back foot — however, according to senior communications director Charlie Scibetta, that couldn't be further from the truth.

When asked by GameSpot if Nintendo has a struggle ahead of it this Christmas, Scibetta replied:

The short answer is no.

If you're a consumer going in and you have these options; we know what the price points are now from the competitors, we know what the games are from the competitors; and we know now what the Wii U is going to offer. We feel good about where we stack up. It's the software that's going to motivate them.

We saw with the Nintendo 3DS, it got off to a slow start, but then when software started rolling in, sales have done really well.

Nintendo is clearly hoping that 2013 big-hitters like Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will entice players away from PS4 and Xbox One this holiday season, and the promise of Mario Kart 8 in the new year will sustain their interest.

Do you feel this approach will work? Let us know by posting a comment.


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Smitherenez said:

This summer and this fall, my wiiu will collect dust. But as soon as Wind Waker HD comes out, the wiiu will be getting awesome games every month, just like the 3DS. And now that I think about it, even for this summer we have some games that I like for the wiiu (but games like Pikmin do not interest me at all), but I will spend most of my money on the 3DS this summer.



GiftedGimp said:

Still expecting more announcments either during e3 or over the next couple of months, one being a small price cut considering the low price point of ps4.
Nintendo need to get ruthless and make the most of Xbones overall negative reception, Like Sony have.



RetroBillyT said:

I hope so...if they could have got MarioKart out for November and dropped the price of the Premium to £199, I think they would have had Xmas wrapped up. Still, I think they are in a better position now than they were 24 hours ago.



stefenjc said:

Still deciding on Wii U or PS4 on this holiday. So much great games! Im waiting a bit longer if Wii U may price drop OR if theirs a great bundle that will pull me to its side. Right now Im slightly leaning to PS4. But if Nintendo has great announcements coming up. Nintendo will get my money



dumedum said:

Sony and Microsoft are of little to no interest to Nintendo. Third party games are a nice bonus, can add to the Wii U. But Sony and Microsoft can only dream of having someone like Mario or Pokemon. In the end, they want those franchises to do well against tablets and the likes. Sony and Microsoft are almost immaterial.



DualWielding said:

Of Course Nintendo will say that publicly, but they would be crazy not to be worried internally...... Sony obviously walked out of E3 the big winner.....




Personally I was pretty impressed with the wii u line up. Bayonetta 2 and X2 looked jaw dropping.

A little bit more of that kind of software, and I think the wii u will be a viable option compared to its rivals.

Heck, even that new sonic game looks really good, in fact I was more impressed with that then mario.



Will-75 said:

So far I think this years big winner is clearly the 3DS it's software lineup just gets better and better I think it's the must have system at the moment if Nintendo would release a Metroid on 3DS it would skyrocket .



dres said:

As long as we keep Sonic Lost World, I do not care.
Sonic Lost World looks fantastic.



JohniePizzapies said:

Sony is winning E3 by a large margin. Nintendo has failed to generate hype so far for the Wii U. The only surprise announcement is Donkey Kong, less than a month after the 3DS released a two year old port. Nintendo is pushing one of its weaker IPs too hard and ignoring very strong brands that its fans want, like F-Zero or Star Fox.



ajcismo said:

I felt a lot better after Microsoft's presentation since consumers generally don't like being told what they want and then getting over charged for it.
The new Zelda titles and Monolith's X have me feeling like I'm 15 again, although seeing some Zelda U and Metroid would've been icing on the cake.



Warbeard said:

@ StevenSeagal speak for yourself, I'd rather have 1 DKCR game than both F-Zero and Star Fox



drunkenmaster76 said:

I was dissapointed with the games they had on show, mario kart was the only one im really interested in. i was expecting a more mature metroid and maybe some new ip's, i still love mario, DK and all the rest of nintendo's gang but they need to start making games aimed at a more mature audience.



XFsWorld said:

@StevenSeagal I agree with you. I think its stupid to release another Donkey Kong game this year when there is already one available. I do like Donkey Kong games but it should be released next year or 2015. I would prefer having a new Star Fox game, but not interested in F-Zero.



GearsOfWarU said:

Nintendo kicks A** , Wii U is actually innovative & fun... While Sony Sucks .. Final Fantasy just go away... & XOne is garbage with One good game Titanfall ...



DualWielding said:


What worries me is that Nintendo seems to be abandoning the 3DS in order to try to save the Wii U, very bad strategy in my opinion, keeping momentum for the succesful product should be the priority and then try to save the flopping one if you can....



withoutdk said:

from my point of view... i have bought games for around 10£-20£ for the wii u... if they want to boost sales and such they have to keep the games cheap... most games for ps3 and xbox... is veery cheap compared to wii u.. i have just been lucky to get them on a discount.

price is all that matters.



GreatPlayer said:

Sonic: Lost World and Mario 3D look interesting. I am not a loyal Mario fan, and thus I do not care Mario Kart 8, as it is virtually the same as the previous Mario Kart entry. Maybe Donkey Kong is interesting but I will see.

I agree with withoutdk that Wii U games are somehow more expensive than PS and Xbox games. Why? Who knows?



TheAdza said:

hmmm, while I should have a decent Wii U games collection by the end of the year, I still don't think it will be enough for the average gamer to want the Wii U without a price cut. Having MK8 slip into next year is a bit of a problem.

Any way Im still hoping for the best. In any case, if people are smart, then Nintendo's only real competition will be from the PS4 as the Xbox One seems like its the most consumer unfriendly console ever to exist, But a price cut couldn't hurt as the PS4 is priced pretty competitively.



NMH-TRI said:

They need a price cut. If they really want to sell during the holidays, they need a bundle. $299 w/ Mario 3D World, $249 w/ nothing. Sorry Nintendo, Nintendoland isn't the seller that Wii Sports was (maybe you should revive that too).

They'll definitely lose too many on the fence customers to PS4 if the price is $50 difference (even if their bundle is $50 difference). They need $100 dollar difference on a bundle to grab as many customers as possible. The 3DS was sparked because of a SIGNIFICANT difference in price vs Vita along with key 1st party titles. 3rd party support came after.



Varia01 said:

Nintendo may have had the hype fall, but it is just a matter of patience and time before it steps up its game. I wouldn't judge the Wii U at its young age, it needs time to really progress.

If Nintendo wins this next-generation competition, I bet they'll be happy if they win this competition, because they are awesome, but they never seem to match up to the awesome of Microsoft and Sony. I'm with Nintendo and I don't care if they lose this competition (Unless it puts an end to the company), they are a still fun and winning in my opinion.



Mahe said:

They shouldn't feel good. The Wii U is doing very poorly, and their showing was a big disappointment.



Daz-brum said:

I am lucky enough to be able to afford all three consoles when the other two arrive but today as it stands Nintendo have the best games for me, followed by PS4 sorry but if all this talk about second hand games is true for Xbox 1 then it is not for me fifty percent of my game collection is pre owned because i personally feel some games aren't worth the retail price so i buy pre owned with little hassle from big brother watching me in the corner of the web spooky ! Microsoft get a grip this isn't Window you don't have a monopoly anymore live with it.



LeVideoGamer said:

Create a Super Mario 3D World bundle with both SKU's for the price that they're currently retailing at, and you'll shift consoles. Drop the price of both SKU's by £50/$50 and you'll shift consoles.

The 3DS was revitalised by an increase in the quantity and quality of software, AND a price drop. I'll happily take 20 VC games for buying a Wii U at launch, so just drop the price like everyone wants you to.



SirMario said:

Nintendo feels good against the competitions? Hahahahah, NINTENDO U CRAZY!! Where are all the 3rd parties support?I guess I shouldn't be surprised. It has been that way since the N64. Sony is gettint all the games from 3rd parties (kingdom hearts 3, etc.). Sony is balling hard. Nintendo, you should too.



ILikeRead said:

Can anyone please tell me what's so good about the other two consoles when every other game is either a shooter or a racer? Is that what gaming consoles come down to anymore, cause if thats so then I'll stick with Nintendo.



FriedSquid said:

Can't say they're wrong. I've definitely wanted one now a lot more than before. However, I could still go for a PS4 eventually, but as of now I'm far more interested in the Wii U. And I don't think anyone in their right mind actually wants an Xbox One.



Mickamott said:

Something that really suprised me, based on my personal impressions, is that I think Sonic might possibly have beaten Mario as a 3D platformer. This is only based on my personal impressions, as I am currently more excited for Sonic Lost World, than Super Mario 3D World.



Rafie said:

@GearsOfWarU Want some cheese with that "whine". So Sony sucks and Microsoft is garbage, but all HAIL Nintendo! I swear Ninty extremist get worse and worse as the days go by.



Rafie said:

@drunkenmaster76 Agreed! They both are great consoles that contribute to the gaming world in a phenomenal way. Wii U isn't done here. Just because the PS4 is priced good doesn't mean that it will do any better than the Wii U did at launch. People still will wait for better games and pricing.



AVahne said:

Then show more software, there's not enough compelling software when compared to the other two to warrant consumers buying the Wii U over PS4.



AJWolfTill said:

What I want to know is whether the Wii U is capable of providing the online experiences of games like Destiny, the Crew and that new dystopian Ubisoft game!
Graphical details I don't care about but if your not going to push online with your own IPs and your going to focus on platformers, then please fight for these 3rd party games!
If Nintendo confirmed we were getting Destiny and Kingdom Hearts then the fact that your price point is lower than Ps4 might actually win a huge amount of hardware sales. If major third party support is going to be dwindle with the PS3 and 360 sales which is currently good but flawed then I really am going to have to jump ship.



Burning_Spear said:

I'm glad someone feels good, because I don't. Wii U was supposed to be a new experience and all I see are the same generic takes on games. What in God's name have Nintendo's developers been doing the past few years? Where are all the fresh ideas? Sure, they announced new games for some great franchises, but none of them provide anything new, with the possible exception of Pikmin 3. Why wait for Mario Kart 8 when I can play Mario Kart 7? Same for 3D World and 3D Land. Three million Wii U consoles are gathering dust and Nintendo feels good about that?



SCAR said:

Just remember guys, you're disappointment doesn't speak for everyone. I thought Nintendo had the best E3 showings. X beats Final Fantasy 15 anyday, IMO.
Also, Mario Kart and Smash Bros. WILL help the Wii U succeed.



AVahne said:

I'll get Windwaker and Mario 3D World this year, but lack of support from third parties would push potential consumers away.



Emaan said:

I think the games are there, Nintendo just needs to market the actual Wii U system better so more people know exactly what it is and what they would be potentially buying for such games.



Rect_Pola said:

Nintendo gave the third parties plenty of time to crank out the sexy before now but leaving them stranded was so much more hip. Now Nintendo is poised with a roster tailor made to attract people who liked the Wii and 3DS to step in and set up the dominance third parties keep whining about every generation.



Mizzah_Tee said:

@stefenjc Remember, if you want to play PS4 online, you have to pay for PS Plus. Sony smoke and mirrors. PS4 is $460 if you want to play online. So $460 + $60 game = $520 before taxes. Just something to consider.



Burning_Spear said:

^^^ Also, Nintendo packs in a $50 game with its console. If they eliminate Nintendoland, they could sell a 32GB at $300 and have a nice price differential with the PS4.



GearsOfWarU said:

Yeah Sony has and always will Suck!!!! and I'm not impressed to say the least with Xbox One ... except 1 game Titanfall ... So I'm glad I've chose to go with The Nintendo Wii U this Gen Rafie



Rafie said:

@GearsOfWarU Good for you. I won't waste going back and forth on your approach to other platforms. I can say that Sony doesn't suck and Microsoft either. Neither does Nintendo (although majority of gamers have that sentiment)! Everybody has their own way of bring good gameplay experience to the players.

I'm very glad that Nintendo has fans like you. I'm not being sarcastic. I'm serious. Die hard fans that don't want to go to other consoles for gaming. However, just be mindful of those who do enjoy the multiconsole experience. I know this is NintendoLife, but everyone at Nintendo doesn't have to be a fanboy/girl. I'm a fan. I respect your claim.



GearsOfWarU said:

I grew up on Nintendo .. Nes, SNES & N64 .... then i got a Sega Dreamcast, Xbox, and Xbox 360 ... for the past Decade I've been a Diehard Microsoft Fan ... Gears of War Trilogy is my favorite Games Ever.... I have had Pure Hatred for Sony since 1995 ... there overpriced TV's, playstations ( 2006 PS3 $599 is such a great deal for consumers pompous 's ) I can't stand sony and have never had interest in any of there games except maybe God Of War... I am a Game Fan ... Hell I owned an Atari Jaguar !!!!! and loved it... I don't like how Microsoft know longer feels like they are Gamer Friendly and I've got bored with Games like Halo & COD ... ( used to love Halo ) think Destiny looks cool... there is 1 game I liked during the Xbox press confrence Titanfall ... I might break out my 360 just for that game.... But as someone who is Coming back to Nintendo after a 11-12 year absence I'm totally stoked about there games... they are fun... ( thats what games are for... to have fun ) and @ 34 I have a fiancee ... and she hates shooters so its really cool.... that she loves Most Platform style games, Mario, Sonic, Rayman and Nintendo is the best place for games like those.... I Purchased A Nintendo Wii U on Nov 18th because it was something new and Differnt ... & I enjoy it greatly ( I never owned nor was I a fan of the Wii ... thought it was totally kiddie and did nothing to capture my interest ) Wii U is something really cool ... I love the Gamepad.. something totally new to me ( I dont own an I pod or pad ) ... I play many kinds of games on my Wii U ... Huge fan of Darksiders 2, New Super Mario Bros U, Injustice Gods Among Us, Lego Batman 2, Sonic All Star Raceing Transformed, Nintendo Land, Resident Evil Revelations , COD Black Ops 2 & Even Transformers Prime!!!!!!!!! I love Playing Ghost N Goblins & Super Ghouls N Ghosts on VC .... So As of Now I'm a Huge Fan And Backer of Nintendo & Wii U ... thank you : )



NMH-TRI said:

@GearsOfWarU Welcome back to the world of Nintendo sir! Glad to have you back. When 360's go further down in price, I'll pick one up for RPGs that I've missed (Lost Odyssey before any other). Right now though, I'm satisfied and I'm happy with the Wii U titles I have (some ports, others exclusive) and my Wii and GC titles. I just feel like there's more diversity in the land of the Big N and the western market is definitely getting too saturated with shooters, grit, blood, and violence. Don't get me wrong though. I enjoy those games too, but they definitely don't take precedence for me.



RR529 said:

I won't speak for Wii U as I don't have one, but E3 has been a big dissapointment 3DS wise. Other than some new news on games we already knew about (which will be undoubtedly good), there's been nothing else -_-

  • A Link Between Worlds (already knew)
  • Pokémon X/Y (already knew)
  • Smash Bros 4 (great reveal)
  • Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate (already knew/multiplat)
  • Sonic Lost World (already knew/multiplat)
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (already knew)
  • Etrian Odyssey Untold: Millennium Girl (great reveal)
  • Project X Zone (already knew)

Where are all the new 3DS announcements? I can understand Nintendo focusing on the Wii U, but there's only been one 3rd party reveal so far (EOU:MG). Very Dissapointing...



GearsOfWarU said:

NMH-Tri .... thanks ... yeah im a day one Wii U adapter and very pleased ... there was defiantly a dry spell Jan-March and another mini one in July But Who on earth can afford to buy 3-4 $60 games a month and have time to play them ... I gotta work ... so as long as there is 1 good game a month thats good buy me... I'm Worried how im gonna afford & make time for all the great games this fall... Sept-Nov is packed with like 3 great titles each month and Pikman in August and Mario in December ... WoW



scrubbyscum999 said:

In other words, "We, Nintendo, do not give a crap about winning the console war. WE DON'T CARE. Even if we come in dead last if we feel we made enough money we're cool."



AJSjedi said:

Not sure what everyone is griping about. The games I saw looked pretty awesome. mario kart 8, smash brothers, mario world 3d, and donkey kong country all looked amazing.

I buy nintendo consoles for NINTENDO games, Oh my what a concept!
I could care less if 3rd parties want to jump ship, because I have not met anyone in my 37 years that has said to me..."gee did you see that new game by XYZ company, i'm gonna go buy a nintendo so I can get it"

Sure it would be nice to have more 3rd party support, but I doubt the "wiiu is doomed" crowd is right. Wiiu will be fine. And besides, their is a reason nintendo has been around since 1889. If they truly planned on competing with ps4 or xbox DONE, they would have made a bit stronger system. Nintendo isn't as stupid as people claim they are, they know exactly what they are doing. They are giving (most) fans what they want. But who cares? Nintendo makes systems and games that are fun. Again, I don't buy nintendo games for ultra realistic graphics. I buy them for the nintendo games experience you can't get anywhere else.

I have absolutely zero regrest getting my wiiu in december (couldn't find one launch day) and judging by the nintendo games coming out along with rayman legends, I will be very occupied and have an empty wallet and a smile on my face.



AJSjedi said:

I've never played any pikmin games but this new one does look pretty cool. I hear they are great I hope I can find the old gamecube or wii update someday. Personally I'm looking forward to so many games but good luck with pikmin



AJSjedi said:

Nintendo knows it can't truly "compete" with ps4 or xbox done...but here is the thing nobody wants to admit...IT DOESN'T HAVE TO because it caters to a very different audience.



Lyndexer said:

Well, Microsoft really made an suicidal move with their new system. Sony just made their new Ps4, and haven't really made big debuts for it, yet. Nintendo has to have a strong lead with the games they shared this year. I'm honestly proud for Nintendo. If they keep this up, they'll be winning more often.



Smitherenez said:

@strongest_link That's because I do not like management in videogames, especially when there is a time limit to it. I have played both gamecube games, and I did not really like them. I should give Pikmin 2 another shot during the summer vacation, maybe I can change my mind before the release of Pikmin 3.



bassoongoon said:

I think with the games that are coming out, Nintendo will be in great shape. It is too bad that Mario Kart 8 will not be out in time for the holidays, that would have been a huge boost.



Henmii said:

So now that you know that PS4 will only cost 400 Dollar (while being much more powerful then Wii u), there should at least go 50 Dollar of the Wii u price!!

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