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NGP Will Be "Dead On Arrival" And 3DS Is "Gimmicky"

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NGP Will Be "Dead On Arrival" And 3DS Is "Gimmicky"

One of the leading games publishers on smartphones has decided to take the opportunity to deride both Sony’s next-gen handheld console and Nintendo’s third-dimension touting device.

Neil Young, CEO of ngmoco took the stage at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco and proceeded to rain on Sony and Nintendo’s parade from a great height. “I think they are hurt; I think they're clearly hurt,” Young said of the 3DS and NGP. “I think PSP is done and the new {NGP} is dead on arrival. It's really difficult to compete with an app store that has hundreds of thousands of applications and a wide range of options where the average price paid is around $1.20 and there are tens, if not hundreds of thousands of free applications that are really high quality. So I just don't think Sony's going to be able to compete with that.”

Even when asked about the processing power of the quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU and quad-core Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX543MP4+ GPU inside the NGP, Young didn’t flinch: "It's not a PS3 quality experience... And in terms of getting broad adoption, having great processing power is not necessarily a prerequisite for great adoption in the marketplace. You need a range of things and what I think the iPod Touch and iPhone have been able to do is offer people Swiss army knife type functionality for a device that plays games really well.”

Turning his attention to the 3DS, Young was less harsh in his appraisal of the prospects for the handheld which launched in Japan last weekend: "I think Nintendo will likely be competitive. My personal opinion is that the 3D piece of the puzzle is kind of gimmicky. But Nintendo has great franchises and there are tens of millions of people who want to participate in those franchises, so that always helps.” So kind of him.

Of course Mr Young could have been reading our article about the PSP2 last October which posited a similar position. With the advent of dual-core smartphones and the launch of the Xperia Play, there is no doubt that gaming on mobile phones has a future, but we’re not sure if Young’s point of view is entirely accurate and his vested interest in the smartphone platform may have skewed his views somewhat.

Source:Industry Gamers

Ouroboros

March 3, 2011, 5:51 pm

"iPod Touch and iPhone have been able to do is offer people Swiss army knife type functionality for a device that plays games really well"

Hm, I'm not sure about everyone else, but I don't find either my iphone or my galaxy tab play games really well. At least on the Tab I can see the majority of the screen without my thumbs getting in the way, but I find the lack of precise accuracy and physical feedback (that you'd get with a thumbstick) doesn't really work with more content-ful titles. Yes, I suspect I made that word up, but you get my drift.

Tariq Pugh

March 3, 2011, 5:54 pm

Neil Young? Sorry, who...?

HarryGlass

March 3, 2011, 6:25 pm

Well, he would say that he develops simple games for kids (and grown up kids). Smartphone games (and gamers) are a different breed to dedicated gamers and while there's a lot of cross over, there's also a lot of people who want something more immersive.

meeto 0

March 3, 2011, 6:39 pm

I have been playing games for over a decade. I consider myself a gamer. Im not sure sure how many of these apps priced at £1 compare to the gaming experience of Pokemon, Mario, the 3 Zelda games, the new ghibli game, Monster Hunter etc etc.
Most of these apps are throw away titles as referenced by reggie. At best they eat into some of nintendo user base. But people who take gaming seriously are not going to settle for just an iphone.

I want big worlds and stories I can get lost in whilst on the move. No phone or tablet offers its. I dont see gamers playing these games on the tube. I mostly see older business suites and women

PS. A touch analogue stick is below rubbish. Its really poor.

Simon

March 3, 2011, 7:43 pm

"It's really difficult to compete with an app store that has hundreds of thousands of applications and a wide range of options where the average price paid is around $1.20 and there are tens, if not hundreds of thousands of free applications that are really high quality.”

Quality > Quantity.

MrGodfrey

March 3, 2011, 8:02 pm

The thing is, there are not "tens, if not hundreds of thousands of free applications that are really high quality". There are tens of applications that are really high quality, hundreds that are ok and thousands that are entirely pointless and awful. This is true of IOS, Android etc, never mind the smaller marketplaces. And obviously Neil Young has a vested interest in selling cheap games to casual gamers. He should go back to writing songs.

rav

March 3, 2011, 11:43 pm

It's interesting that he picks on the NGP while being less harsh on the 3DS. I would have thought that the rise of mobile gaming would affect Nintendo much more as the typical 3DS buyer is exactly the type of person who's likely to be more than happy with mobile gaming. On the other hand those after an NGP are unlikely to find a similar experience on a mobile any time soon.

Don Kanonjii

March 4, 2011, 7:02 pm

He is entitled to his opinion but i think he is completely wrong. Touch screen only devices sinply dont work for the majority of games. Your digits get in the way of what you are supposed to be viewing End of. Something like game dev story/ Angry bords etc is fine on that interface but not much beyoind that type of game.

JUAN SEBASTIAN

March 4, 2011, 11:14 pm

Mr Neil Young, with these coments...
WHAT A TROLL!!!!!!!!!

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