The rivalry between the big three gaming companies — Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo — may be one of the few constants in our generation. Each company has offered stunning games and consoles, but for Michael Pachter, there is one company that is clearly pulling away from the others in terms of first-party software. Hint: it’s the one with a plumber.
Michael Pachter (Wedbush Securities), known for his many opinions and predictions regarding the video game industry, has stepped forward in a column for Industry Gamers to state that Nintendo has, far and away, better first-party software than its rivals at Sony or Microsoft. Less recently, Pachter discussed how Nintendo had blown it when it came to the (then) Wii 2’s launch strategy.
Pachter’s praise for the quality of Nintendo’s first-party titles is in response to Xbox CFO Dennis Durkin calling Xbox 360 first-party games superior.
“Dennis is a great guy, and is paid to be loyal to his Microsoft family. I think Nintendo’s first-party content is vastly superior to either other console manufacturer’s, and don’t think that either Sony or Microsoft would really dispute that.”
Pachter also describes how choosing who is best among the top three publishers would be like trying to choose Ford or GM as the best car manufacturer, saying people have different tastes.
A lot of people might be in disagreement with Pachter’s assessment. Some people might not like Nintendo games at all, but the fact of the matter is, Nintendo has a huge amount of history in the game industry — a history that generations of players have literally grown up with. People will always clamber for the new Zelda, Metroid, or Mario game, and those are just the well-known titles. Nintendo can count on fan loyalty to its first-party games because they usually are very, very good.
Could that change in the coming years with Wii U and its touch screen controller? Nintendo has had a knack for adding “revolutionary” new features to their game systems, but could this be the generation (3DS, Wii U) when innovation gives way to gimmickry? And what would become of Nintendo’s first-party efforts then?
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Source: Industry Gamers