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Nintendo US President says ‘meh’ to next-gen comp

30 Aug 2013

"Meh."

This is the response from Reggie Fils-Aime during an interview with IGN, as the Nintendo of America president defended the Wii U’s value for consumers as the wave of next-gen consoles launch.

As we reported earlier in the week, the Wii U will receive a price cut from 20 September. So IGN quizzed Reggie about why consumers should choose Nintendo, when their console will be US$100 cheaper than their nearest rival.

“It’s all about the games," he stated.

"The competitive systems have announced their launch line-ups. I’m allowed to say ‘Meh’, I look at our line-up of titles and I feel good about our line-up.

"We’ve got Zelda. We’ve got Mario. We’ve got Donkey Kong.

"In addition to great titles like Pikmin 3 and Wonderful 101, I feel very good about our line-up, and I feel very good about the value proposition we’re putting out there for the consumer.”

That is all well and good for Reggie but in the meantime the competition is adding new technologies to the console experience.

IGN asked him how Nintendo will cope with cloud gaming, cross-platform play and the option to buy a single game that can be played on a home and handheld system, to which he replied;

“We’ve got cloud technology that we’re delivering with Wii U. Nintendo TVii is all cloud-based technology. But the difference is, we don’t talk about the tech.

"We talk about the experience. We make sure that the consumer has fun with the game experiences that we provide, and so I think as you compare and contrast Nintendo with other players in the space, for us it’s about games, about the fun, about the entertainment value, and not about the tech.”

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