Nintendo Defends Wii U: “Pretty Pictures Won’t Motivate Consumers”
Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime has defended the Wii U against claims that the console will be outdated and irrelevant when the PlayStation 4 and next Xbox launch.
Developers have expressed concern that the Wii U will not be able to compete with the next generation of Sony and Microsoft consoles on a graphical level. In an interview with CNET, Fils-Aime expressed that the PS4 and next Xbox can’t rely on processing power for success. He said:
“In the end, our competitors need to react to what we’re doing in the marketplace and need to figure out what their innovation will be.
“It’s likely that faster processors and pretty pictures won’t be enough to motivate consumers. They need to react to what we’ve done and we need to continue innovating with the Wii U and we will.”
CNET suggested Nintendo launched the Wii U too soon, but Fils-Aime rejected this notion, saying:
“For us, launching new systems is about bringing new consumer experiences to the marketplace and we’re doing that with Nintendo land and third-party publishers are doing it with games like ZombiU.
“For us, now is the right time to launch new hardware.”