Reggie calls Natal and Sony motion controller “ironic”

Thursday, 11th June 2009 22:04 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Reggie Fils-Aime feels it’s ironic that Microsoft and Sony are just now introducing motion control into the market three years after Wii.

“We have been very familiar with that technology,” said Fils-Aime regarding Natal. “I have personally seen a lot of iterations of similar technology. Our first reaction is that it is ironic that, three or four years ago, the prevailing industry opinion was that prettier pictures or more horsepower were the waves of the future. And now it’s clear from both of our competitors that physical activity in gaming is the wave of the future.

“It’s also ironic that, for Nintendo, the future is here. The future is now.”

Like Iwata, Fils-Aime said that Nintendo is taking a wait-and-see-approach to the competition and will judge whether each one is a success or not come launch before taking the next step.

“We have pioneered many interface options that people take for granted today,” he told Kotaku. “We’ve looked at similar technology and will continue to look at other technology for the future. What’s different, I think, for us, is that the experience is what drives us down a particular path, not simply how nifty the technology is.

“When we looked at this technology and other technology, we decided that the best way to drive immersion and precision as well as creating an environment for publishers to flourish was the Wii remote coupled with the nunchuck.”

Don’t look for any of this talk to end until both Microsoft and Sony release the new peripherals.

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  1. Syrok

    I hope the next wave will a good story and fun.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Shatner

    Despite their strutting and bold words, when Nintendo start making direct criticisms of other people’s products you know they’re feeling the heat.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. mightyhokie

    True, Shatner. At some point the games and graphics are going to be so big and grand that Nintendo will not be able to compete. I’m still confused by the Wii…I know quite a few people who have it but unless they have kids no one uses it. I had mine for about 3 months, used it like 10 times, then gave it away. I don’t get why so many have sold…

    #3 6 years ago
  4. David

    because there is so many people having kids ?

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    It’s like raaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiin….

    #5 6 years ago
  6. anasui

    and mightyhokie shows his impressive time-travel abilities, summoning his post from 2006

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Seraphemz

    If the Wii had the ‘pretty’ pictures and the tech…well would be a different story.

    But it doesn’t. The 360 and PS3 will have both.

    THAT is the future we want Reggie…

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Morrius

    I thought the vitality sensor was pretty ironic, they could have used it to check if anyone was still awake by the end of their press conference.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. hitnrun

    Oh, give the man a pass. His company implemented the technology first (among people anyone cares about) and it was a matter of time before Sony and MS followed suit.

    N can’t stop it from happening, but you can hardly blame the man for racking up as many rhetorical and marketing points as possible. It is, after all, an admission of Nintendo’s victory this gen.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Blerk

    Why does Reggie always look like he’s sucking a boiled sweet in every picture?

    #10 6 years ago
  11. mightyhokie

    “and mightyhokie shows his impressive time-travel abilities, summoning his post from 2006″

    hehe classic line!

    If i had a time machine I would have gone back and bought stock in Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo 25 years ago! =p

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Wintroza

    Well, it’s a fact that when Natal and Sonys motion controller is released (and if they work as good as they seem to do right now), Nintendo will be crushed. They will be in last place at everything by then – good games, graphics, motion controls and the majority of the gamers support. Maybe they’re starting to see how arrogant they’ve been.

    Wii’s probably gonna end like a TV-shop product that they sell for people to “make them healthy, thin and sexy”. Sad ending. :/

    #12 6 years ago

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