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Nintendo president: “I compete for time,” not against Xbox, PlayStation

SEATTLE—Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime appeared at Seattle's Geekwire Summit on Wednesday to speak broadly about the company's future, and, while the talk didn't include new product reveals, it proved illuminating about what to expect from the big N in the future.

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masterfox43d ago

Well change your timing then , this year Nintendo game releases have been mediocre to very bad and that's the reality I don't care if some fanboys say the opposite in the end that's the reality, heck even last year was pretty bad and that thing sold on pure nostalgia , it was all about Mario and Zelda sorry I don't see any winning in a handheld when they release only two good games all year long, but yet again I'm not surprise why Nintendo games have been so mediocre and that's because its limited specs, developers can't just innovate with such low specs of the Switch. Seriously Aimes and Nintendo are so out of touch from gamers, I wonder how much time Nintendo can sustain in this gaming industry with such low cheap tactics.

DJK1NG_Gaming43d ago

Has been mediocre and fanboys been saying the opposite?
That funny coming from you.

Sono42142d ago

I don't know what masterfox is on about, They literally just released Super Mario Party which is a great game and later this year we are getting Smash Ultimate. Sure Mario Tennis Aces and Kirby Star Allies weren't the best games, but they're still good. Add on top of that the great 3rd party support with some exclusives like Octopath being amazing and this year has been fine for the Switch and next year is looking to be jam packed, you could argue that the year after that could be sparse but we don't even know that for sure yet.

Also it's ignorant to say developers can't innovate with such low specs.. what? Were you saying the same thing during the ps3/360 era? Because obviously devs were innovative during that era and the switch is stronger then both of those consoles. The only thing that will take a hit is graphics and they look fine.

Madmoose42d ago (Edited 42d ago )

Hey, just report them and see if they decide to do something about her/him like they've done to other people with much more sense and better contributions. It's really getting annoying seeing them just pop up in every Microsoft and Nintendo article downplaying or hating. You do even a tenth of what some of these clowns do in a sony article and watch what happens to you. Consistency is the real problem around here.

It's no wonder that no matter where I go these days I'm seeing more & more criticism & calling out of this site. I was in a comment section on YouTube a few days ago and this place & fanboys like this lowlife somehow got brought up. And it wasn't even about video games at first LOL. We were up there talking about our expectations for Venom lmao.

@ Soni421

Well, she/he is an ignorant person. And if it ain't got sony written all over it, they can keep his head up & their slobbering in check. She/he is sitting up here talking about Innovation, but what the fulk did they innovate with this generation for real? Everything that we've seen has or could have been done pretty much since the release of the Xbox360.

I forgot though according tol folks like this Jacob & Klinefelter syndrome spliced individual, adding a graphics chip and a better CPU is innovation. Yeah, because that's nothing like we've seen them before in all of our gaming lives.

@ septemberindecember & vegamyster

Didn't you guys know, the stall door only works one way. See if Nintendo games scorched really well, it's Nostalgia. Yet when kratos who has been around for 20 some years & spiderman, who damn near every kid has known & grown up with (including our parents) gets good reviews then it's just a good game being recognized.

I will forever love this Zelda if not for any other reason just for the butt pains & blood pressure inducing minerals that it makes fanboys here produce in sigh massively high volume

Zmorin1842d ago

MasterFox is a troll and you all fell for it. He is laughing about your answers. Masterfox knows that Nintendo has a standard of quality and only makes quality games, some games withstanding. Masterfox is a heckler, nothing more. Nintendo has been around for more than a decade because they make quality products and have a huge fan base. Remember Nintendo beat Sega in the console wars in the 90's. Nintendo is not even in the current console war between Sony and Microsoft because Nintendo has a niche market and they know what their doing from a business standpoint and a gaming standpoint as well. I think it was Shigeru Miyamoto who warned other video game developers from being too greedy with their product. Since Nintendo's business model provides cheap products in order to build a fan base and make money through continued support from the fan base and gaming community at large. In short, Masterfox is purposely saying false information to get a reaction and I will not give some wuss hiding behind a computer screen the satisfaction of an angry reaction or a direct reaction to his post,

LegoIsAwesome41d ago

Thats funny coming from the guy thats clearly a nintendo fanboy. What gave it away? Profile picture.

JaguarEvolved41d ago

"I don't know what masterfox is on about, They literally just released Super Mario Party which is a great game and later this year we are getting Smash Ultimate. "

*********we're in the month of october and fanboys are talking about a couple games being good to release towards the end of the year as if the other three quarter of the year doesnt matter. its the mind of a nintendo fanboy to accept any rubbish thats released whenever while the pc, xbox and playstation gets hundreds of game releases.

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Theknightofnights43d ago (Edited 43d ago )

Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild weren't the only two good Nintendo games (or Switch games) released that year.

"Nintendo games have been so mediocre"

That's a blanket and inaccurate statement, in my opinion. Many of their games are highly rated and anticipated.

Kribwalker43d ago

splatoon 2, mario vs rabids, and Mario Kart were all fantastic exclusives released last year on top of the 2 highest rated games of the gen. That’s a great launch year

HaveSumNuts43d ago

Mario and Zelda got a free pass to GOTY status for being nostalgic

septemberindecember42d ago

@HaveSumNuts

Zelda won GotY awards because it’s a fantastic game and impressed a lot of people. Not because of nostalgia. If it was nostalgia the majority of Zelda games would win most GotY awards, but that simply doesn’t happen.

IMO, that type of rhetoric is toxic and serves to undermine all the work the developers did to earn that award.

Vegamyster42d ago

HaveSumNuts

Breath of The Wild was also the least Zelda game in the series, the nostalgic argument is a weak excuse.

execution1742d ago

@septemberindecember breath of the wild is one of the most overrated gamed that shouldn't even be considered for goty

Imalwaysright41d ago

@ Vegamyster

I never played the original Zelda (shame on me) but I I heard some Zelda fans saying that BoTW feels more like The Legend of Zelda than other Zelda games.

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TekoIie43d ago (Edited 43d ago )

@Masterfox

As always you read the title and nothing more.

Here is the full quote for those who are interested:

"all of the rest of that time is entertainment time. That’s what I compete for, minute by minute. That time you spend surfing the Web, watching a movie, watching a telecast of a conference: that's all entertainment time we’re competing for. My competitive set is much bigger than my direct competitors in Sony and Microsoft. I compete for time. When I do that, I have to be creative and innovative in order to win that battle."

It also talks about who they're using their IP's to broaden the business and the 3 peices of it which are a dedicated video games business, a mobile gaming business and the final being ways of leveraging our intellectual property (IP) in a variety of ways.

This could actually be an interesting discussion if you weren't so desperate to begin a flame war. Stop being that guy who reads headlines on N4G and then starts complaining about clickbait titles.

masterfox43d ago

"That’s what I compete for, minute by minute. That time you spend surfing the Web, watching a movie, watching a telecast of a conference: that's all entertainment time we’re competing for."

and ? ^^^, that's pure PR BS he is just trying to justify his mediocre handheld and is falling even harder to its pit with that kind of comments, I mean if he wants so much that time spend on other stuff well guess what Mr. Genius Aimes you need the games to do that simply as that, and that's exactly the thing Nintendo doesn't have, also " My competitive set is much bigger than my direct competitors in Sony and Microsoft" , <-- with this kind of comment is either one thing, he is a freaking liar or he is just totally lost, I mean how he is competitiveness is set much higher that Nintendo can't even deploy a proper online service in 2018?, dammn.

Seriously thank you for bringing this up Tekolie the only thing you do with this is assure my original comment.

TekoIie43d ago (Edited 43d ago )

@masterfox

"Seriously thank you for bringing this up Tekolie the only thing you do with this is assure my original comment."

Let's look at your original comment then:

" this year Nintendo game releases have been mediocre to very bad and that's the reality I don't care if some fanboys say the opposite in the end that's the reality, heck even last year was pretty bad and that thing sold on pure nostalgia , it was all about Mario and Zelda sorry I don't see any winning in a handheld when they release only two good games all year long"

This year has certainly been lacking in releases of the same calibre as BotW, Mario: Odyssey and Splatoon 2. I'd also like to mention the industry considered two of those as game of the year worthy and 90% of their other exclusive releases received positive reviews. More like two incredible games and a collection of great games. Q1 2018 was definitely the weakest point in the Switch's life but if you're telling me all their other games like Mario: Tennis Aces, Octopath Traveller, Bayo1+2 remaster , Cpt Toad remaster and TWEWY have all flew over your head then I don't think you're educated enough to tell anyone whether Nintendo is out of touch with the industry seeing as you can't even keep track of what the company even releases.

"developers can't just innovate with such low specs of the Switch."

Enlighten me as to how the PS4 and Xbox One specs have innovated games. Also if power is what matters then we should've seen further innovation with the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. Hate to break it to you but the most innovative games these days are indies like Little nightmares, Sexy Brutale, Everything, Pyre, Rain World and Inside. All of these games have received praise for innovation and none are power hungry games. Power is certainly helpful, but it's clear that it's not a major factor currently when it comes to innovation outside of the VR space.

"Seriously Aimes and Nintendo are so out of touch from gamers, I wonder how much time Nintendo can sustain in this gaming industry with such low cheap tactics."

So out of touch that you couldn't understand that this article talks about how Nintendo's strategy is to make it possible for them to get more time out of you when possible than their competitors by expanding their business with mobile games and movies. Even if you look at the Switch's design being portable you see what Reggie is getting at. Can't play your PS4 on the on your way to work if you're on the train or the bus (do not try the remote play bs line) or when you have downtime. This is what he talks about in this interview.

If you can't actually take the time to read the article and talk about the many points raised and inevitably just revert to your pathetic talking points then that's fine, but you look like a fool doing so. Write a blog on N4G if you want to do that and control the topic with a flame war.

TLDR: If you can't read through this comment you definitely can't read through the article which would, funnily enough, contribute to you being "out of touch with the industry".

If we go by VGChartz and compare the sales of the Switch and PS4 within a similar timeframe the Switch is 2 mil behind the PS4. So was the PS4 on life support and almost in a pit too? Guess so by your logic, right? You're the one out of touch my friend.

masterfox42d ago

@tekolie ... again.
"also like to mention the industry considered two of those as game of the year worthy and 90% of their other exclusive releases received positive reviews" <--- already said will said it twice, TWO <-- Number "2" god damn games all year long, I think for you that definitely justifies your 300 plus dlls right ?, well cool for you then SMH

"Tennis Aces, Octopath Traveller, Bayo1+2 remaster , Cpt Toad remaster and TWEWY" <--- cool for you again if this games makes you happy and justifies your 300 smackers again, won't go into a debate with such "awesome" game list , nothing can beat that list right ? right ? hehe. ;)

"Enlighten me as to how the PS4 and Xbox One specs have innovated games. " <-- Well for instance no more
CGI cutscenes in games, immersion is never lost, incredible open world games with lots of detail on them is simply a sight to behold and this causes to go out and explore them, wind effect , physics , atmosphere in general that adds more the gameplay instead of just watching a blocky colorful image wink wink.

"Little nightmares, Sexy Brutale, Everything, Pyre, Rain World and Inside." <-- oh how nice I can play those indie games too even better looking, also who the hell want's to play an Isometric game in a freaking tiny screen ?, oh... I know who.. sorry.

"Nintendo's strategy is to make it possible for them to get more time out of you when possible than their competitors by expanding their business with mobile games and movies." <-- lol and you think I'm wrong when saying they are so damn out touch hahaha, seriously even you Nintendo die hard fans knows this year and most last year their game library effing sucks you are just in denial, and so Nintendo instead of announcing new games they are wasting their time in mobile games and movies then?, so damn sad.

"Can't play your PS4 on the on your way to work if you're on the train or the bus", for me I never saw this as a selling point for obvious logical reasons, I don't play a game while going to work, in a bus , Basketball courtyard lol, kids in a school bus, we need to be aware of our environment for safety, we had enough accidents/deaths with braindead people and their cellphones for not putting attention of their environment.

"Switch and PS4 within a similar timeframe the Switch is 2 mil behind the PS4, So was the PS4 on life support and almost in a pit too?", <-- a bit of gamin history won't hurt, remember the Wii ? that thing for games was horrendous and affected the game industry negatively cause of its influence of the wii mote and lack of opportunity to the developers, and but yet again it sold pretty good, but it was a good console? OH HELL NO!!!

There is a reason why Nintendo is in third place and because of its anti-consumer tactics and archaic technology mentality, Nintendo want's to be the apple of gaming, Iphone sell like crazy but with little effort in technology advancements, Nintendo want's to do that (cheap tactics) but the problem with them is that they don't have a strong device name attach to it like Apple Iphone, Sony has its strong device name: Sony Playstation, even Microsoft with Xbox brand, but Nintendo ? Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Gamecube, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Switch ? hahaha seriously Nintendo so damn out of touch with the gaming industry and gamers.

Peace!.

TekoIie42d ago (Edited 42d ago )

@masterfox

"already said will said it twice, TWO"

And I named 3. Also mentioned that out of the remaining games I didn't name 90% received positive reviews. Seems you can't read again.

"CGI cutscenes in games, immersion is never lost, incredible open world games with lots of detail on them is simply a sight to behold and this causes to go out and explore them, wind effect , physics , atmosphere in general that adds more the gameplay instead of just watching a blocky colorful image wink wink."

My goodness no more chi cutscenes? Has the industry been saved from this evil yet?!?! Less cgi is not innovative. You must feel no Microtransactions are innovative as well. Also wind physics are in breath of the wild so apparently this is a powerful machine if you consider those features to be innovative. Thanks for conceding on that point.

"oh how nice I can play those indie games too even better looking, also who the hell want's to play an Isometric game in a freaking tiny screen ?"

Dude I never said they were all on the Switch. I just said these were more innovative than high end games. See how you can't even read my argument and just jump to attack Nintendo? It's a little pathetic and disingenuous.

"a bit of gamin history won't hurt, remember the Wii ?"

HAAAAH. Omg dude are you still holding onto this? The switch has been on the market for almost two years and still selling well. Give upon your desperate prediction or you'll look like Pachter.

"Sony has its strong device name: Sony Playstation, even Microsoft with Xbox brand, but Nintendo ? Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Gamecube, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Switch ?"

Not even relevant to the topic. However, you may of heard of a few small franchises they own with strong names like Legend of Zelda, Mario, Pokemon and Donkey Kong. You know those franchises that people who aren't gamers even know about. You keep on pretending this was relevant to the discussion.

Respond how you like but I won't be reading it. You try to isolate a sentance ive written and pretend its not part of a paragraph which shows you csnt take in what im saying. Have fun <3

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MoshA42d ago

Bayonetta 3 & Prime 4 make the Switch a crucial console

Thundercat7742d ago

I agree with you and I am very surprised that even with that situation, they are doing better than Xbox.

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jznrpg42d ago

There 1st/2nd party game releases have been a little sparse but there were some great games (Octopath + Xenoblade Prelude) but it was a better year than most Xbox’s generation so far imo. Mario Tennis is fun with my kids .

Madmoose42d ago

It's been a better year than both of the competitors legacy consoles had in the same time frame for sure, period. Even with there being a supposed lulll for some folks, you still got a pretty good going of it with a solid Mario Tennis Aces game and a great Octopath Traveler. The latter a game that quite a few people chirped on about as being there game of the year (and definitely RPG of the year for sure). They also have Smash Brothers Ultimate and a Pokemon game to look forward to.

Not shabby at all considering that's virtually all coming from them And if you're a Switch only owner, you have some solid third-party offerings to play as well such as Dragon Ball fighterZ & the encroaching Dark Souls remastered.

EddieNX 42d ago

You have to be the biggest Nintendo hater on this site. It just comes across as a bit childish. The Switch is absolutely brilliant and it's packed with top games . If you don't share that opinion, shouldn't you not be paying attention to Nintendo and playing on whatever you play?

I'll be playing Pokémon, Animal crossing, smash Bros, Luigi's mansion 3, Metroid prime 4 etc etc etc

Imortus_san42d ago

People that buys Nintendo consoles do it so they can play Nintendo Games, even iff remasters at full price and all other bullshit because if it wasn't for that they would never have more them 170 games released starting with Mario.

Fans buy there products because they like to play the same games over and over again.

Madmoose42d ago (Edited 42d ago )

Really, just their fans? Is that the explanation for why sony fanboys like the 1st commenter & the rest of their legion so hard up for another spiderman game around here & doing all of this d-riding for another god of war? Or how about fifa topping the charts for the pa4 & Xbox? That also explains the anticipation for another Assassin's Creed BLOPS4 & all that too eh?

And let's not try to call anybody out about paying for games over and over. As you have idiots on this very site arguing at their own expense for psnow instead of backwards compatibility. Just so that they can rest easier knowing that as they get tucked under their lil' blue ps face button emblazoned blankie and snuggle up with their officially sony licensed spidey plushie that sony's bottom line stay healthier with their help & detriment to their own pockets.

@Tekolie

Bro, I wouldn't even argue with these fools. They LOVE gimmicks here. The only try to use that as a disqualifier and derogatory term when it's not their favorite company doing it. You have people absolutely gleeful about psv. You'll see these guys fighting tooth-and-nail over them & voting to get comments marked inappropriate, petitioning for people to be banned & more the minute you even criticize one like psvr.

On this very board you had people praising the aim controllers when they had absolute disdain for motion controls with the Wiimote. Even though Nintendo had the balls to go all in with it. It's pretty easy to see that they hate givmmicks until it's their favorite company coming up with or "borrowing" them.

Obscure_Observer42d ago

@masterfox

"Seriously Aimes and Nintendo are so out of touch from gamers, I wonder how much time Nintendo can sustain in this gaming industry with such low cheap tactics."

Yeah, because japanese gamers are stupid right? That´s the reason why the Swith is about to overtake 4 years of PS4 sales in just one year, right?

masterfox42d ago

"reason why the Swith is about to overtake 4 years of PS4 sales in just one year," <---- lol what?, thanks man that was funny. XD

Orionsangel42d ago

Reggie is so full of crap! When the Wii was outselling all other consoles he said proudly in many interviews why they were beating the competition. When Nintendo isn't the best selling console Reggie changes his tune. He explains why Nintendo doesn't compete with other consoles. He's a big time flip flopper!

King_Noctis42d ago

Every spokesperson for a company changes their tunes to reflect their business’s success or lack thereof. It is nothing new.

King_Noctis42d ago

Delusional doom and gloom from Masterfox on a Nintendo article which got ton of upvotes. What else is new on this site.

Sirk7x42d ago

Because good graphics are innovation? There's been very few truly innovative titles lately. That's not to say that it is a requirement for a great game. There are tons of those. The CPUs in modern consoles suck though. We'll see some crazy innovation once AI and physics are better in games. Some of the best innovations I've seen this entire gen are from indies taking old gameplay styles and breathing new life into them with modern engines and knowledge. Please don't speak for all gamers and try to push your opinions as objective facts.

ExplodingJuice42d ago

In that huge body of text there were only 2 periods. If you are going to claim that Nintendo is using "low cheap tactics" at least form a coherent sentence to back up your claim.

DanteVFenris66641d ago (Edited 41d ago )

2 good games? Besides the one you mentioned. There was 4 more great exclusives

- arms
- splatoon 2
- Mario rabbits
- xenoblade 2

kingfortoday41d ago

They could be doing worse, they could be Xbox

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DJK1NG_Gaming43d ago

Uh no they can.
A smart business move is to focus on your company itself than watching others and reacting.
Nintendo spent to worrying and fixing all the issues Wii U brought to the table;
Bethesda wanted to support the Wii U but they told Nintendo it's too late.
Nintendo didn't get Unreal Engine 4 and all the other engines and game developers tools ready for the Wii U.
They did for Switch which results 1/100 more Japanese and Third Party support than the Wii U.

Them focusing on themselves is their strength. Switch already has more than 1000 games. Outsold the Wii U in 9 months. Already the 4th best selling Nintendo Home Console soon to past N64. A lot more Japanese support
in the first year and half than any previous Nintendo system.

The System that saved Japan Gaming Market from Declining in 2017.

AspiringProGenji43d ago (Edited 43d ago )

Nintendo can’t compete with Xbox or PS anymore. That’s why they have settled for 2nd choice since the wii U rather than being a main competitor, which sucks. Old Nintendo wss bolder and would most likely be in the position that Sony is right now it they didn’t trade power for gimmicks

-Foxtrot43d ago

"Nintendo spent to worrying and fixing all the issues Wii U brought to the table"

You mean the issues Nintendo brought on themselves by making the Wii U...

They say they are not interested or don't compete with Sony/Microsoft yet teamed up with Microsoft in a crossplay video, something well timed as a dig towards the competition which didn't have that feature, aka Sony. If they wern't bothered then why did they do that?

TekoIie43d ago (Edited 43d ago )

@AspiringProGenji

"Nintendo can’t compete with Xbox or PS anymore."

Except in the article he actually says they are direct competitors but that he decides to look at the broader picture and see that they're competing for "entertainment time". Overall I'd say his view is how can I make someone want to spend as much time as possible with our products/services.

"Old Nintendo wss bolder and would most likely be in the position that Sony is right now it they didn’t trade power for gimmicks"

There are no gimmicks with the Switch tho. It does exactly what it says and offers a solid gameplay experience on the go. Kinect was a gimmick because it couldn't actually offer what it said which was hands-free gaming but made a huge deal about it publicly. It was full of issues and never performed to the standard expected. There's a huge difference there.

The current gen consoles have actually traded power though for an easily affordable price tag compared to previous generations. If the price is for publicity then its a gimmick if I look at how you're using the term.

@-Foxtrot

"They say they are not interested or don't compete with Sony/Microsoft"

Excuse me what?

"My competitive set is much bigger than my direct competitors in Sony and Microsoft."

You did not read the article I take it? He literally acknowledges them as competitors!?!?

-Foxtrot42d ago (Edited 42d ago )

@TekoIie

Not really, he acknowledges they are within the industry but the guy is literally saying "time" is more of a competitor then Microsoft or Sony. Every so often they come out and say similar things where something else is more what they are competing with rather then their rivals. In the next few months they'll say how they are competing more against the short time period McDonalds next releases the McRib again.

Sono42142d ago

You're saying they should stay in their own bubble and ignore direct competition? Illogical. That is exactly why their online is still so god awful. Competition always brings out the best in companies. There is absolutely no argument to them ignoring competition. A smart competitor evaluates the competition and reacts accordingly all while staying true to themselves. Obviously you don't base all decisions on competition, but there is just so much to learn it's nothing short of idiotic to simply ignore them.

TekoIie42d ago

@-Froxtrot

So you don't think Sony or MS are competing for that time either? Or am I just missing how they've been adding netflix and all sorts of multimedia apps to their systems? They have acknowledged this too but it seems everyone just wants to pretend they haven't.

SolidGamerX41d ago

Nothing you said proves they can compete with Sony or Microsoft.

King_Noctis41d ago

@aspiring

“Nintendo can’t compete with Xbox or PS anymore.”

Can you explain why the Switch is outselling both the PS4/X1 in Japan every month and frequently outsell them as well in the US?

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GameBoyColor42d ago

already crushing xbox even though 1x released earlier LOL GOTTEM

PhoenixUp43d ago

Nintendo basically says they’d prefer to make underwhelming online experiences because they want to be different

DreadGara42d ago

Don't mock the Ninty boys, or they will make your IP unstable.

TekoIie43d ago (Edited 43d ago )

Let's see who read the article and who's decided to jump to conclusions in the comments.

https://tenor.com/view/gg-t...