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Xbox Europe boss calls Wii a child's toy

The Xbox 360 is a high-definition gaming and entertainment platform and the Wii is a kid's toy.

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Xbox Europe boss Neil Thompson has ruled out the Wii as serious competitor to the Xbox 360.

Thompson said that he puts the Wii "in the same category as mobile phones and MP3 players. It has the potential of taking consumers spend and wallet share away from us in general, but at a product comparison level it's not competing with us at all. It's an innovative, low-definition product.

Thompson goes on to say, "People will make a clear decision probably as to whether they want that sort of product - a kid's toy - or they want high-definition gaming and entertainment and all that it brings."

The viewpoint of Thompson is that the two platforms exist in two entirely different markets, and the people looking at buying an Xbox 360 are not the same people who will be looking at a Wii.

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calderra3867d ago

Most gamers I know plan on owning both a Wii and a 360 (and/or PS3) at some point. People who want the Wii only tend to be people who didn't want a console in the first place, and only chose the Wii for novelty.

Interestingly spot-on.

ChickeyCantor3867d ago (Edited 3867d ago )

"People who want the Wii only tend to be people who didn't want a console in the first place, and only chose the Wii for novelty."

my god what kind of crap is that ? i mean im getting a Wii for the great games nintendo makes :S not becozz i "only tend to be people who didn't want a console in the first place"

nintendo is about gaming, a media center doesnt make a CONSOLE.
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Silver3603867d ago

He needs to push MS products and shut the F&*^ up about other systems. You piss off too many people when you dismiss thier favorite machine.

Mr Pumblechook3867d ago

i love my xbox 360.
But i hate the fact that it is marketed with arrogance because Microsoft is the richest company in the whole world they can say or do whatever they want.
As a big gaming fan, im looking forward to getting my Wii.

But this comment smacks of arrogance, disrespect, and the American culture of hatred for all things Japanese.

Microsoft GROW SOME BALLS, and be competitive but not immoral.

SuicidalTendencies3867d ago

This is to be known as the generation Nintendo gave up. Why the hell would I want an updated Gamecube? For a stupid gimmick controller? I've always bought Nintendo products but this will be the first system by Nintendo were I will pass. Sadly the Wii will probably get the same support as the cube...none.

Odiah3867d ago

Dear God, you are a 'tard.

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