Hype for the next generation of console gaming is omnipresent as gamers quickly approach the November releases of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Both companies behind each respective platform have announced the onslaught of games that’ll be available on day one, and there are unquestionably some great games to be found for consumers that invest in either console. According to Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aime, however, the lineups for both Xbox One and PS4 aren’t all that impressive.
Speaking with IGN, Fils-Aime defended Nintendo and the value the company is hoping to deliver to gamers later this year.
“It’s all about the games. The competitive systems have announced their launch lineups. I’m allowed to say ‘Meh’. I look at our lineup of titles and I feel good about our lineup. 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 lineup, and I feel very good about the value proposition we’re putting out there for the consumer.”
As many are well aware, Ninty has been struggling with its Wii U as of late — leading to a $50 price drop for the system — so the house of Mario is hoping to regain some footing in the gaming market with the release of some noteworthy software. Whether or not it’ll net the sales numbers the Big N is hoping for this Holiday season remains to be seen, but Zelda, Mario, and Donkey Kong should all do their part.
Reggie’s comments will strike some as baseless, but they aren’t at all unexpected from the president of a competing company — especially with a wave of serious competition on the horizon.
As the Xbox One and PS4 approach their release, there’s sure to be more corporate slander volleyed between the higher-ups at Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. Of course, competition only makes things better for consumers, and the next-gen console war is sure to be entertaining in more ways than just software.
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