"I'd rather be playing Mario Kart"

Remember the good old days when video game firms used to say all kinds of nasty things about their rivals to get the upper hand? It would seem the days Genesis does what Nintendon't are long past, as modern companies appear to be increasingly keen to praise one another.

Microsoft and Sony have already shared mutual congratulations regarding the releases of the Xbox One and PS4 consoles, and now Microsoft Studios corporate vice-president Phil Spencer has gone on record to say what he thinks about Nintendo — and unsurprisingly, it's all good stuff:

Nintendo, I think - and there's some argument about this - that their first-party is such an amazing asset. Their first party studios and IP can lead what they do as a company and the platforms are almost in service to the IP - not in a bad way.

They have such iconic stories and this will seem somewhat random, but when we go back and do something like Killer Instinct, a little bit of the history of your franchise can actually be important part of people feeling connected. Obviously the history of Killer Instinct isn't a history on Xbox, but it's Rare's history and I think the reaction when we announced it on-stage at E3 showed that playing to the people's heart, I think Nintendo does that as well as anybody in terms of hitting the franchises and having huge success with them.

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[source oxm.co.uk]