Sticking up for Nintendo

In response to what Xbox chief financial officer Dennis Durkin said about Microsoft's first-party software line-up being "superior" to that of Sony and Nintendo's (as reported by Industry Gamers), Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter has shared his two cents.

Speaking to Industry Gamers, Durkin was asked whether Microsoft needed to increase the number of its studios in order to build up its development capabilities, and his reponse was:

I would ask you to go and look at some of your data, just to compare first party performance over the course of this lifecycle, because I think our first party performance in terms of quality bars and units per title this shift has been superior to our competition’s.

While praising Durkin as an individual, Pachter suggested Durkin the Microsoft representative might not necessarily be telling the whole truth, at least from his point of view:

Dennis [Durkin] is a great guy, and is paid to be loyal to his Microsoft family. I think Nintendo's first-party content is vastly superior to either other console manufacturer's, and don't think that either Sony or Microsoft would really dispute that.

Although admitting that it's futile to argue whether Sony, Nintendo or Microsoft develop the better first-party software, Pachter ― the owner of all three home consoles ― summed it all up rather concisely by saying, "... people have different tastes."