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