Miyamoto Flattered, Moore Not Worried

Plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery. My English teacher taught me that, and It seems Nintendo believes in the same philosophy too: Shigeru Miyamoto, often referred to as the “father of modern videogaming,” commented that Sony’s inclusion of motion sensing in their “DualShake” controller proves that the Wii is on the right track. Here’s what he had to say:

It’s kind of what always seems to happen. But the fact that they looked at what we were doing and decided it was a good path is kind of flattering; it kind of reinforces in our minds that we’re doing the right thing.

What they’ve done is just take your standard controller and add in this motion-sensing device that’s similar to what we did back on the Game Boy Color many years ago. Maybe if they were to completely copy and go with a remote and a nunchuk and two motion sensors, I might be a little more concerned. But I don’t think they’re anywhere close to that.

He also talked about his rivals’ performances at E3, saying that “it’s the same old experiences with new graphics,” referring to Sony and Microsoft’s plans for the “HD era”. The man also talked about the Japanese reaction to the Wii name; he also addressed worries that the new controller would be too cumbersome for casual gamers.

Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Peter Moore isn’t so forgiving. In an interview with EuroGamer, he remarked that the PS3 controller doesn’t have him worried:

At Microsoft we did the same controller six years ago – most people remember that,” Moore said. “The gamers’ response was muted at best. We remember it being applicable to flying games in particular and some driving games but overall there was somewhat of a collective yawn from the gaming community about the motion sensing technology.

Alluding to the removal of rumble in Sony’s PS3 controller, he commented that it’s “[not] a good trade off in itself.” Even the exorbitant (to most) price is commented on, but he concludes by saying that “Sony’s a great company,” and that it knows what it is doing.

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