Nintendo on PSP2: 'The people will decide what is right'

You could easily say that Sony tried to steal away some of Nintendo's 3DS thunder when it revealed the NGP or PSP2 or whatever we're supposed to call it. But Nintendo's not afraid of no stinking Sony handheld. In the end, it says, consumers will vote with their wallets.

In an interview with Spanish gaming site 3DJuegos, Satoru Iwata said of Sony and the NGP, "They're trying to attract consumers from a different direction from ours," according to always-entirely-accurate Google Translations of the article.

"The people will decide what is right," he said. And when it comes to handheld game systems, the people have largely gone with Nintendo. We can count on one hand the number of portable game systems that have made a dent in the monumental competition that is the Game Boy/DS. Nevertheless, the NGP does appear to bring a lot to the table.

"Nintendo is not the kind of company that thinks about how to put opposition to another company's product," said Iwata.

[Source: 3DJuegos]

Jan 31, 2011


  • Andyjoe - March 1, 2011 5:22 p.m.

    I already have the 3DS pre-ordered at game stop. I'm not sure if I'll get the PSP2/NGP, or whatever they're calling it. If Sony announces enough games that I find interesting, I may pick it up at some point later on when the price drops, but for now I'm sticking with the 3DS.
  • GameManiac - February 2, 2011 9:48 p.m.

    I know for a fact that I'm buying the 3DS. I already have it pre-ordered at Gamestop and I have the money covered. I never bought the PSP, but I will consider getting the Sony NGP as well.
  • gaseoussnake - February 1, 2011 1:09 p.m.

    Yeah! 3ds for babies, grandparents and p&$$ies. deuce for the rest of us. that seems about right
  • ichigoame - February 1, 2011 6:37 a.m.

    i owned both a ds and a psp,about 3 years ago my psp broke, and i've felt no need to fix it,the game line up is not worth the money,i do still play on my ds,so i know which one i'm buying
  • CallOfBooty - February 1, 2011 2:19 a.m.

    Sony shouldve had a spring launch for NGP then they could've jumped on the fact that the 3ds launch is spectacularly underwhelming but I think by the the time the NGP comes out Nintendo will get its crap together
  • FlyinHawaiian13 - February 1, 2011 2:19 a.m.

    As a FPS fan the lure of the twin analog sticks on the NGP might be too strong to pass up. But I went with PSP last time and that turned out terrible. Ended up stealing my little sisters DS.
  • CreepersOnSpeed - February 1, 2011 2:15 a.m.

    I will probably go for the 3DS, it's all about your history with their consoles and games. If you've been playing NES since you were 10, you're most likely buying the 3DS, and vica versa. @Robusken and @Defguru7777 Very true
  • CallOfBooty - February 1, 2011 2:11 a.m.

    I think that Sony missed a huge opportunity to steal the 3ds thunder in the same way they trumped Saturn years ago. If Sony had come out and said "NGP, $250-$300, Fall 2011" they would have definitely made Nintendo crap their pants with fear. Also I am willing to hope that they can get near the 3ds price point because if you take the disk drive out of my 2005 Ps2 i bet you can cram it into a handheld and I hope Sony can make a cheap and powerful handheld that can compete with Nintendo on the price front.
  • shawksta - February 1, 2011 1:40 a.m.

    Exactly with "They're trying to attract consumers from a different direction from ours" Thier both different, I dont care Im buying both, the competition is just crap. However we must put into mind that in the Handheld Market Nintendo's Competitors are dying in despair. Yes the PSP2 looks like it has allot to offer but then again so did the PSP and Sega's Handheld(forgot the name) and others but they all failed due to focusing more onto its Tec then the actual games. Im curious to see how the PSP2 will fare but so far too many Tec as Step 1 is a check. Lets hope Sony actually changes their ways.
  • Robusken - February 1, 2011 1:34 a.m.

    I would like both definitely, but again I don't have a pile of money to spare on these things. I do kinda like what Iwata is getting at, people are just going to buy what they want. I'm already tired of these whole 3DS Vs PSP2 arguments.
  • Defguru7777 - February 1, 2011 1:33 a.m.

    I agree that ideally a gamer could buy all the systems that are out there, but I also agree that most people (even more so in this economy) don't have the money to get both systems. And so lines are drawn between systems. I don't mind people being loyal to one system, as long as they don't blatantly bash other systems. Rant aside, I'm looking forward to the 3DS over the NGP.
  • Mikaro - February 1, 2011 1:19 a.m.

    @ventanger: <3
  • markshell - February 1, 2011 12:59 a.m.

    Nintendo and Sony are not competing at all. The two machines will attract two distinct type of gamers, that's it. Nintendo will continue with it's own estabilished fan base and bring new ones and so is NGP. Sony competes only with Microsoft these days. Nintendo walked off from that competition since the first DS and Wii were released.
  • dionnysus - February 1, 2011 12:39 a.m.

    wouldn't it be cool if nintendo got The Rock to say that?
  • EnigmaSpirit - February 1, 2011 12:34 a.m.

    Why the hell does the PSP2 have 2 touch screens? With one on the other side? What the hell were they smoking when they thought up that crap? I don't care if the 3D is just a gimmick, it has awesome games coming out for it. LoZ OoT, Kid Icarus, Starfox, KH3D, MGS Snake Eater, other awesome things.
  • mrmorozov987 - February 1, 2011 12:33 a.m.

    Wow, what a gentleman. Good for you, Iwata.
  • 510BrotherPanda - February 1, 2011 12:30 a.m.

    > And when it comes to handheld game systems, the people have largely gone with Nintendo. We can count on one hand the number of portable game systems that have made a dent in the monumental competition that is the Game Boy/DS. Who's to say the 3DS is a sure-fire win this time? I plan on sitting back and seeing what happens to either handheld before making a final decision.
  • AgentKidSociety - February 1, 2011 12:01 a.m.

    People have a choice, make one, then move on. Non-story...
  • ventanger - January 31, 2011 11:30 p.m.

    @Aletheon I think it has less to do with "dualistic thought" and more about people not willing to drop $700 on a hobby. But hey, if you can afford both then more power to you and your diamond encrusted dildo.
  • dtzulu - January 31, 2011 11:10 p.m.

    Ahh, but from most of the reviews I've read on the 3DS, with it giving people motion sickness and headaches, they may well have a battle on their hands...

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