Sony’s Jack Tretton Shares His (Actually Quite Nice) Opinion On Nintendo
Despite working for a rival hardware company, the Sony of America President and CEO wishes Nintendo a lot of success with the new hardware launch.
You might have noticed something of a frenzy whirling around this new-fangled Wii U doohickey, which has caused quite a splash in the United States. Whilst Europe patiently waits for their turn to party, the Americas have been enjoying Nintendo’s first HD efforts with great gusto.
Of course, we’ve already heard that Nintendo aren’t going to let the 3DS lay languid this holiday season simply because there’s a new console making a lot of noise. Quite the opposite, in fact. Furthermore, it seems that even rival console manufacturers are wishing Nintendo well and speaking highly of their efforts.
Nintendo Life has plucked a choice quote from a recent official PlayStation blogcast. Though, of course, the Sony blogcast focused on the PlayStation’s own heritage as a console, when asked of his opinion of Nintendo’s Wii U, Sony of America’s President and CEO Jack Tretton was quite full of compliments.
“It takes a village of creativity to ultimately push technological boundaries. I think Nintendo has a great heritage in the business, they certainly surprised a lot of people with the success of the Wii. They’ve got great heritage in their first party development, and I’m interested to see what happens with it. But I think anything that draws attention to gaming is good for companies like us that live and die in this business, so I wish them a lot of success.”
He described the media attention on the Wii U with the adage ‘Rising tide lifts all boats’, or in other words, any attention on videogames as a whole is inevitably going to reflect well on the entire industry, including all three console manufacturers.
Even to the most stalwart of rivals, Nintendo’s heritage and legacy is strong and undeniable. Sony and Microsoft are sure to see the Wii U as a fresh challenge and this will invigorate the industry as a whole; meanwhile, the 3DS continues to dominate the handheld landscape despite some high-horsepower competition from the PlayStation Vita.
Can Nintendo both promote their new machine and stay the course with the 3DS’s success as 2012 draws to a close? The coming weeks will surely tell!