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Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4 have to react to Wii U, Fils-Aime says

The Wii U got out quite a bit ahead of Sony and Microsoft's next-generation efforts. It got out so far ahead, in fact, that its technical capabilities (which are roughly comparable to those of an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3) have led some to worry it's a new console already stuck in the past.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime doesn't cotton with the sentiment that the Wii U will be made largely irrelevant when the next Xbox and PlayStation come to market. On the contrary, he told CNET, Sony and Microsoft will have to react to Nintendo's unique efforts or risk losing consumer interest.

"In the end, our competitors need to react to what we're doing in the marketplace and need to figure out what their innovation will be," Fils-Aime said. "It's likely that faster processors and pretty pictures won't be enough to motivate consumers. They need to react to what we've done and we need to continue innovating with the Wii U and we will."

He said the Wii U will only grow as a "living, breathing product" as its competitors reveal what will likely be more technically advanced products, according to alleged leaks for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

"For us, launching new systems is about bringing new consumer experiences to the marketplace and we're doing that with Nintendo Land and third-party publishers are doing it with games like ZombiU. For us, now is the right time to launch new hardware."

49 comments

  • RedOutlive. - November 28, 2012 3:23 p.m.

    The recent Wii drought of games says otherwise.
  • dcobs123 - November 27, 2012 11:46 a.m.

    Who is this guy?
  • MrXakaRebel - November 27, 2012 11:03 a.m.

    I really wish this guy would stfu. Nobody has to react to WiiU, they're just gonna improve on what they've already done. People are way more excited for the new Microsoft and Sony systems than they ever were for WiiU. The innovation will come in new graphical technology, higher frame rates, more advanced AI and a more developed online. None of which Nintendo seems to even have a basic grasp of.Most if not all of the big games they're releasing right now are already out on other systems and done better. Once the next round of systems come out the WiiU will be left in the dust again. I'll buy a WiiU a year from now IF and ONLY IF they have at least announced a new Zelda, Metroid and Super Smash Bros. and really that's just about all Nintendo can do for me these days. If those aren't either out or close to release by this time next year, my interest in WiiU and by extension Nintendo will be completely dead, I had no interest in the Wii so it really wouldn't be difficult at all to skip another one of their systems. Nintendo is so out of touch with the modern consumer it's not even funny.
  • sandplasma - November 27, 2012 12:18 p.m.

    I couldn't have said it any better. You hit it on the money. Nintendo needs to restructure and create a competitive console or it needs to stop calling what it puts out something other than a vide game system.
  • Moondoggie1157 - November 27, 2012 2:38 p.m.

    You're completely right, but until Nintendo stops outselling everyone else they won't any reason to change what they're doing.
  • MrXakaRebel - November 27, 2012 3:50 p.m.

    Yea, but go ahead and check out the new article about how many Xbox 360s got sold last week compared to how many WiiUs they moved. Reality is gonna hit them HARD soon enough.
  • Fraught - November 29, 2012 5:03 p.m.

    Maybe it'll start going every other generation now, one after the other, success - failure - success - failure, starting with the GameCube, as mostly a failure, the Wii as a success, the WiiU as a failure.
  • Boromir - November 28, 2012 7:01 a.m.

    I quite agree with you, I would just like to add that next gen is certainly going to provide an equivalent to PhysX to increase the realism of games (lightning, particles in explosions etc). I am not sure Wii U has a dedicated processor for that matter.
  • THE_FORCE - November 27, 2012 10:47 a.m.

    Looks like a serial killer morelike. :/
  • Fuzunga - November 27, 2012 10:06 a.m.

    Man, who thought that picture was okay to circulate? It looks like a bad high school photo.
  • Wasting_Light - November 27, 2012 5:13 a.m.

    Damn it Reggie, I thought you were cool.
  • THE_FORCE - November 27, 2012 2:07 a.m.

    Those eyes....
  • tailsJacks - November 27, 2012 1:20 a.m.

    looks like ps3 & xbox360 better wiiU up some more lol
  • Mode - November 27, 2012 12:12 a.m.

    Reggie, Reggie, Reggie. When will you learn?
  • StrongPillow - November 26, 2012 10:49 p.m.

    Haha ya I forgot the biggest debates about gaming today is what 'gimmick' is better. Last time I checked it was the never ending graphics over gameplay war and I am sorry but gimmick does not equate to either. I have been touching a screen to play kid and mini games since the app store came out. It's not an innovation anymore, especially not one by Nintendo and it get's old fast. Having a game that just blows you away visually or gameplay that just feel right will always win over. PC is one of the oldest gaming platforms around still and is still going extremely strong with no gimmicks, just updated graphics and gameplay every so often is all it needs to thrive. I am insulted that he put Nintendo and innovation in the same universe.
  • Bloodstorm - November 27, 2012 8:54 a.m.

    Can't really say PC is one of the oldest gaming platforms as PC hardware iterates year over year, and no 2 gaming PC's are the same. Unless you own a PC that is incredibly old and out of date, and then you aren't really playing anything new and fantastic on it. Console gaming was around decades before the personal computer even existed.
  • MoonDevil - November 27, 2012 9:34 a.m.

    You are either too young to know or remember, too stupid to have a clue of what you are talking about....or BOTH. PC's have existed long before a console was ever a blip in someone's mind. The Apple II E Basic computer and others run with early Microsoft software had games that were on these things called Floppy discs. The games were even so much as simply being text only, generating gameplay based on you response or input to a query. Every thing you have stated is not only complete BS...it is blatant stupidity attempting to be seen as expertise and knowledge, when it is quite simply beyond moronic absurdity based on facts and history you have no clue about.

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