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Nintendo boss asks: ‘what’s the difference between Xbox One and PS4?’


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You won't find this guy on Xbox One or PS4

Nintendo boss Reggie Fils-Amie has boldly claimed the company’s Wii U console has a decisive advantage over the more popular Xbox One and Sony PS4 platforms.

Speaking to the Recode website, the Nintendo of America chief said he’d “much rather be where Nintento is” thanks to the unique experiences available on the Wii U, compared with the similar titles up for grabs elsewhere.

Fils-Amie says, while he'd loved to have the latest Call of Duty among the Wii U's software line-up, he’s happy to let Sony and Microsoft “battle it out over which visual representation...is most compelling.”

He said: “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?

“But interestingly, 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. I’d much rather be where Nintendo is, with a differentiated platform, differentiated set-up experiences that we can provide uniquely to the consumer.”

Elsewhere in the wide-ranging interview, Fils-Amie once again batted away the prospect of launching one of Nintendo’s homegrown franchises on mobile devices.

He said: “At the core we believe that, for example, playing Mario Kart — that the Mario Kart experience they get on Wii U or the Mario Kart experience they get on their 3DS is something that, at least today, we don’t see that we can deliver on a Web-enabled smart device. It’s a different type of game.”

We guess iPad and iPhone owners will put up with Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing for the foreseeable future.

Do you agree with Reggie’s assertion the Wii U is in the better position than the more similar PS4 and Xbox One platforms? Share your thoughts below.

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Tim Sutton

November 5, 2014, 9:51 pm

I would agree that if I were to choose a console to go with my gaming PC it would be the Wii U.

I want to play Mario Kart A LOT. And Mario. And Smash Bros. And Zelda. Those types of games are unavailable to me as a PC gamer, while every game on the other consoles is better and cheaper on PC, or has PC equivalents.

(Also, Sonic and Sega All-Stars is very good. I have it, I've played it a lot. It is, however, in no way even CLOSE to being as good as any console Mario Kart. It just isn't.)

Jonathan George Anaya

November 5, 2014, 10:05 pm

I'm a Nintendo/MS guy. I prefer the console ecosystem and use my PC for LoL, WoW and other titles that don't hit the consoles.


November 6, 2014, 8:16 am

ooo ya cheeky monkey

PS go sony!


November 6, 2014, 12:09 pm

Every gamer should have a Nintendo console. Nobody makes games like Nintendo, and they really do stand the test of time.


November 9, 2014, 7:32 pm

Sega (still) does.


November 9, 2014, 7:42 pm

"It is, however, in no way even CLOSE to being as good as any console Mario Kart."

LOL wow. Jesus.

Mario Kart 64 sucks and is absolutely no comparison to Sega All Stars. the online capability alone puts it ahead, but even without that it is no contest. and thats only one example ive played.

and the first mario kart is probably the best mario kart.


November 9, 2014, 7:43 pm

Halo and any fps on a console sucks.


November 9, 2014, 7:43 pm

man this comment thread sucks.

Tim Sutton

November 9, 2014, 11:28 pm

I have it, I've played it lots, I like it... and it's not as good.

No-one over at my house has ever asked me if they can play All Stars, but just about everyone who sees my Gamecube stored on a shelf asks if we can hook it up it and play Mario Kart.


November 10, 2014, 11:45 am

Kinda. Although the good ones are peppered among the bad ones. I consider pretty much every in-house Nintendo game an "essential".


November 10, 2014, 11:46 am

... and your comment added some real value. Thanks for that.

Jonathan George Anaya

November 10, 2014, 9:48 pm

I play the Halo series for the expanded universe. It's an interesting take on space travel and the pitfalls humanity may encounter at a later date.

Definitely worth playing if you enjoy Sci Fi Space Dramas

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