Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime believes there’s little difference between Microsoft and Sony’s console offerings.
Speaking to Recode about the Wii U’s lack of third-party support, Fils-Aime said the Wii U does have its share of third-party games, and while he’d like more, he thinks the console has more to offer than the same games as everyone else has.
“I would love to have Call of Duty on our platform. I would love to have any of the big blockbuster, multi-platform titles. But I have to say, more specifically, I want games that provide a differentiated consumer experience. If you look at the other two competitive platforms, fundamentally, what’s the difference?” he said.
“When you look at either one, either by themselves doesn’t have a lot of exclusive content. They have a lot of shared content. Look at it from the standpoint of, what don’t they have? They don’t have our games. They don’t have Mario and Zelda.
“When you look at either one, either by themselves doesn’t have a lot of exclusive content. What don’t they have? They don’t have our games. They don’t have Mario and Zelda.”
“I’d much rather be where Nintendo is, with a differentiated platform, differentiated set-up experiences that we can provide uniquely to the consumer. Let those other guys battle it out over, you know, which visual representation of Call of Duty is most compelling. I like our chances of having a differentiated console and a differentiated series of experiences.”
The executive also said that the Wii U has doubled its install base in one year, which should increase third-party support for the console – although not immediately.
“This business is built on a year-and-a-half or two-year planning cycles, especially for the home console space,” he said.
“Products that they’re thinking about today are not going to come into the market until two years down the road. By doing a great job today in the here and now, that’s what’s going to feed the pipeline of great new third-party content coming onto our platform. For us, that’s the long game that we’re trying to play.”