As we all know, Microsoft and Sony will be launching their next-generation consoles this holiday season. That means additional competition for the already-struggling Wii U, a console which has seen some amazing games and has more in the pipeline, but doesn't enjoy the same depth of third party support as its rivals.
However, Nintendo of America's Reggie Fils-Aime doesn't seem to be too concerned with the impending arrival of new hardware — in fact, he's been quite dismissive of the threat, citing the superior selection of software on the Wii U as the reason for his bullishness.
Speaking to IGN, Reggie said:
It’s all about the games. The competitive systems have announced their launch lineups. I’m allowed to say ‘Meh’. I look at our lineup of titles and I feel good about our lineup. We’ve got Zelda. We’ve got Mario. We’ve got Donkey Kong. In addition to great titles like Pikmin 3 and Wonderful 101, I feel very good about our lineup, and I feel very good about the value proposition we’re putting out there for the consumer.
In the same interview, Reggie was also quizzed about how Nintendo is going to deal with the rapid advance of technology that is being spearheaded by its rivals. He responded:
We don’t talk about the tech. We talk about the experience. We make sure that the consumer has fun with the game experiences that we provide. And so I think as you compare and contrast Nintendo with other players in the space, for us it’s about games, about the fun, about the entertainment value, and not about the tech.
The Wii U does have some promising games on the horizon, that much is obvious — but the vast majority of them are being created by Nintendo itself. Hopefully the recent price cut can stimulate sales and encourage a few more third parties to support the console, giving it more of a fighting chance going into 2014.
Do you think Reggie is right to be so dismissive of the threat of the Xbox One and PS4? Is his confidence misplaced, or will the Nintendo Difference come into play once more? Post a comment below to tell us what you think.