Reggie calls Natal and Sony motion controller “ironic”

By Stephany Nunneley
11 June 2009 22:04 GMT


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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