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Nintendo of America President mocks the PlayStation Move

Submitted by on Saturday, 13 March 20106 Comments

Nintendo have finally commented on the PlayStation Move – fans of ridiculous statements read on, you’re in for a treat.

Many people have already written the Move off as just a Wii clone.  This reaction is only natural, seeing as the Wii was first out of the starting blocks when it came to motion control.

It seems Nintendo of America’s President – Reggie Fils-Aime – agrees with this.  Laughing his way through an interview with IGN, he had the following to say;

“If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery then I’m blushing I’m so flattered.

You know, I didn’t see the announcement. I did spend some time at the booth and saw some of what they were demonstrating and I think the question isn’t how will we react — I think the question is, so what is it that’s going to be compelling to the consumer in what they’re doing?

From our standpoint, motion control is core to what we do. We believe that we’ve brought a range of different experiences that utilize the motion controller and we pride ourselves on being innovators in the space and we’re going to continue to innovate. I think the key question is, how will they respond when we continue to innovate if this is their best effort?”

A very bullish statement, and one we feel isn’t particularly accurate.  Of course, we know that he was never going to come out singing Sony’s praises, but perhaps Reggie should check out the Digital Foundry breakdown of the Move.  In this it details what the Move is capable of, which includes some impressive Natal-like abilities.

We also feel that a retort is needed.  The Wii has consistently underperformed on its many promises.  We were originally promised 1:1 movement, which didn’t happen.  The Wii Motion Plus improved this situation slightly, but you can count the games that support it on your hands.

Our question is does Sony need to innovate if this is Nintendo’s best effort?