Sony CEO: 3DS, DS, Gameboy Are “Great Babysitting Tools”
Sony USA CEO Jack Tretton has some rather pointed comments about Sony’s competitors. In an interview with CNN, he weighed in on Sony’s technical superiority to Xbox 360 and Wii and crowed about what Sony is claiming is their best year ever, but all anyone is going to talk about it how royally he just dissed the hell out of Nintendo’s handhelds.
Despite the fact that sales-wise, Nintendo has bestrode the current generation of consoles (not to mention the entire history of handheld gaming) like a god, Tretton argued that they make inferior products, use outdated tech and worse, their handhelds are, like, totally for lamers and dorks:
When it comes to the Playstation Portable, Tretton doesn’t necessarily view Nintendo’s DS handheld family, which he calls the “Game Boy experience,” as competition.
“Our view of the ‘Game Boy experience’ is that it’s a great babysitting tool, something young kids do on airplanes, but no self-respecting twenty-something is going to be sitting on an airplane with one of those,” he says. “He’s too old for that.”
OH SNAP. Except, well, Nintendo DS is the best selling game system ever. Given the steep at-launch $249.00 price tag, it’s probably a solid bet that a lot of people making those purchases aren’t kids or, at least, aren’t self-disrespecting 20-somethings.
PSP is a great system, but I’d argue that its technical superiority is almost a detriment – PSP games look great and play great but feel (in my opinion) like games I’d rather play on PS3 or PS2. Nintendo seems to have a knack for getting that handheld gaming is, in fact, about playing on the airplane, or bus, or wherever a dedicated gamer is likely to find themselves away from their television. Most people consider the handheld experience to be supplemental to their consoles, not their primary means of play.
Of course, it’s also true that the DS’s best selling game is New Super Mario Bros. confirming that when it comes to Software, Nintendo’s biggest successes are firmly rooted in their past. And Tretton isn’t lying about Playstation and PSP’s impressive technology. It’s just too bad they probably lost about $300.00 on every console shipped, at least at first.
Is this some pre-E3 smack-talk to drum up buzz for the NGP or is Tretton right that Nintendo (and Xbox 360) are obselete and getting worse? I’ll let you know as soon as there are enough decent games for Nintendo 3DS to compare. There’s more in the article and it’s worth a read. In the meantime, let’s not forget this classic dis track from Sony’s last album, and look forward to seeing how Nintendo responds: