Nintendo president says "meh" to Xbox One, PS4 launch software

Reggie Fils-Aime says he feels "very good" about Wii U value proposition against Microsoft and Sony's upcoming systems because "it's all about the games."

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime feels "very good" about the Wii U value proposition heading into this holiday, and isn't fazed much by the competition.

"It's all about the games. The competitive systems have announced their launch lineups. I'm allowed to say 'meh,'" Fils-Aime told IGN. "I look at our lineup of titles and I feel good about our lineup."

The Xbox One's launch lineup features 23 games, including Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, and Dead Rising 3. Meanwhile, PlayStation 4 launch window games include exclusives like Knack and Killzone: Shadow Fall, as well as Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts.

"We've got Zelda. We've got Mario. We've got Donkey Kong," Fils-Aime added. "In addition to great titles like Pikmin 3 and Wonderful 101, I feel very good about our lineup, and I feel very good about the value proposition we're putting out there for the consumer."

Yesterday, Nintendo announced a $50 price cut for the 32GB Wii U, dropping the system to $300 effective September 20. The $250 8GB model will be phased out. This new pricing will put the Wii U a full $100 below the PlayStation 4 and $200 under the Xbox One.

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Textfield
Textfield

He says "Meh, no mario on the corners, and no Link or any Zelda related content, meh..."

Raxyman
Raxyman

If i were you i'd be worried, Xbone flopped before their release already. It's gonna be Nintendo and Sony on the market once again. No one forget how the last time turned out, did it?

TallDoubleD
TallDoubleD

Why can't Nintendo eat their pride like Sega did in the past? They need to focus on software and make their games available for the next gen consoles. I am not going to buy a wii u just so I can play a new version of zelda, mario, donkey kong, metroid, etc.

rjthakid
rjthakid

Reggie isn't fooling anyone with his false bravado.  If he truly DOES think the Wii U will be competitive with the PS4 and XBox One, he is so out of touch with the industry he should resign.

MaskRisen
MaskRisen

"it's all about the games" when the only games you sell are just reskined versions of mario, zelda, and smash bros. When they are tired of using the main characters they create spin offs with the less liked ones like Luigi. Nintendo is failing hard and is on the same path as Sega. Started at the top, now just releasing sonic remakes and shitty sequels.

alrepairs
alrepairs

"$250 8GB model will be phased out"

Nice typo there,  Eddie.

Sndewey
Sndewey

Cause the wii u had an amazing launch line up 

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Funny, it is all about the games? Which the Wii U doesn't have. Excellent.

Nitroc
Nitroc

Nintendo still good system for the younger crowd, but why they decided to lose touch with the crowd that grew up on there SNES etc is beyond me!!!!

Vendetta162
Vendetta162

I appreciated Nintendo when they said fuck you to the whole used games policies and how those companies should just make their games better, but they're getting pretty cocky now and are making some pretty bad moves. I love Nintendo and I'd hate to see them go down like this...

lostn
lostn

Because the Wii U's launch line up was amazing right Reggie?

Jake518
Jake518

This gives the impression that Nintendo isn't taking their competition seriously. So why should we, game developers, investors, or anyone else take them seriously?

geezerdaman
geezerdaman

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

"Reggie Fils-Aime says he feels "very good" about Wii U value proposition against Microsoft and Sony's upcoming systems because "it's all about the games.""

AND YET YOU HAVE NONE!

OgaihtBlood
OgaihtBlood

Right, dig your own grave. Learn one thing pal, don't speak of what you have no knowledge about. It's like ask McDonald how to make a salad. XD

Ahh and let's see "Nintendo president says "meh" to Xbox One, PS4 launch software" and then reveal a "new" N2DS. ¬¬ Kid go play with your toys and tell you mom not to add rum in your bottle of milk again.

javalino
javalino

you are allowed to say MUHH ( because you look like a cow)

vadagar1
vadagar1

wow the same thing I said :P

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

Coming from a company who's newest system is "meh"  I'm not exactly worried on how nintendon't"meh" or "meh" not be around as a console company soon.

Ehggsz
Ehggsz

Why do they think they are competing with the PS4 and Xbox One?  The Wii U's System specifications are more along the lines of current-gen tech than next-gen.  They don't get that people are excited for these new systems.  The Wii U had it's moment already.

I am not at all confident in the Wii U's recovery.  I think Nintendo's home console will sell less than Sony and Microsoft's new consoles this holiday season which will, in turn, hurt the 3rd party publisher's confidence in the machine further and Nintendo will lose more support thusly.

DeFiLeDTitan
DeFiLeDTitan

are you sure that he just wasn't repeating what the world collectively said about his system? This is like a d*** measuring contest where the other two guys haven't even measured yet. He's putting on a brave face, but he's like 90% sure he's already lost.

yosus
yosus

Reggie Fils-Aime how on earth can you say that when the Wii U has't had a system seller game yet, a game that we can't miss, and it's almost been over a year now...The PS4/X1 lineup isn't the best launch lineup, but how was the Wii U launch lineup...I'm sure that by this date next year Sony and MS will have incredible games out and announced...Please look at yourselves first before talking...My body is ready

goggles123456
goggles123456

Honestly, I have to agree with Reggie on this one.  I remember when a new system was released that I was jittery with excitement at all the new releases, because they were freaking relevant.  But, with the past few generations of consoles the library that is relevant to me keeps getting smaller and smaller.  I watched much of the E3 coverage and Gamescon stuff and was left with a "meh" response, also.  The reason Mario, Zelda, etc are so amazing to me is due to the fact that they have been able to keep them going for 20 years.  That's a very hard thing to do.  I don't think they are simply relying on old IPs, that's too juvenile.  I think they have mastered an art of keeping old IPs relevant, even in today's changing world.  For example, I played the new Ninja Turtles today and was amazingly disappointed in how irrelevant it is.  The way it was marketed was really misleading; by saying that they were catering to all the old Turtles games is a lie.  The old turtles games basically turned on, would let you push start, then you instantly were in the action.  Without all this extra nonsense they tacked onto the new version.  So freaking terrible.  I think one review compared the new Turtles game to Arkham Asylum...that sounds just insane.  And I should be able to skip the terrible story, instead of being forced to watch it.  And the gameplay is freaking bland.  Just another title where you beat up on one or two guys while the other 10 just watch you.  Hate that...so silly.  Sorry, but my rant about the new Turtles game is the reason I feel some companies have no idea how to make an old franchise feel great again, while I believe Nintendo has mastered this art.

hadlee73
hadlee73

I loved Shuhei Yoshida's twitter response. 

"It's near impossible to dislike Reggie #meh :D"

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

Excuse me, what exactly did the Wii-U have at launch to grab the attention of gamers around the world?  Not much.  Of course they should have a decent library now, it's been out a year.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Wait - even their Mario game got lukewarm aka 'meh' reviews.

And if you don't think Xbox One doesn't have a strong launch lineup - I think you need your gaming head fixed.

soulless4now
soulless4now

I agree with him, but I feel that way about all console launches. None of the software makes me want to buy a console right away. Easier to just wait until the library builds up. That being said, the whole "We have Mario/Zelda/DK" just shows how Nintendo's lack of variety and heavy reliance on the same IPs for the last 20+ years.  

alenth
alenth

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

Rousso
Rousso

"We've got Zelda. We've got Mario. We've got Donkey Kong,"

yes thats all you have you idiot

llsinister84ll
llsinister84ll

Reggie says meh to ps4 n X1 while the whole world says haha to him and his lame ass company make a better console!!! Hahaha

Raxyman
Raxyman

@MaskRisen Actually, Sega is quite different than Nintendo, they milk Sonic franchise, yes, i'm not gonna be an stupid fanboy to say otherwise. But they surely don't do remakes. The only game i've seen re-used stuff was Generations, which is kind of the point in that game...


Look at how many people complain that the classic Sonics were the only good ones, man i'm sick of those claims... Sega added Homing Attack, other playable characters, Boost Dash, Drifting, and so on...

I'll be honest, i've had my shares of Marios, DKs and Zeldas, Zelda is quite fun, although the confusing plot kinda ruins a little. Mario and DK got repetitive since Wii to me.

lostn
lostn

@Ehggsz The Wii U is Nintendo's Dreamcast. A year earlier than competition, underpowered, abandoned by 3rd parties, left to die a quick death.

Majkic666
Majkic666

@Ehggsz and why do people talk next-gen when next gen hardware are along the lines of current computers

goggles123456
goggles123456

Man I'm tired...what a terrible paragraph...lol

96augment
96augment

@Rousso You forgot Super Smash Bros, Metroid, Pokemon, and Pikmin.

BludshedX
BludshedX

@llsinister84ll The Wii U is actually a great console, it just lacks games and needs more eShop titles.

Nintendo's lineup is good, but it's very niche. You either like Nintendo's games or you don't.

It's not as beefy as the PS4 or Xbox One, but that doesn't mean it's not able to pump out great visuals. The only problem is most developers these days are too lazy to optimize their coding for the console. Otherwise games would look stunning while running smooth and steady at 60fps.

Raymond11
Raymond11

@Antic_Dreamer @crazycat690 they just remaster old games titles  and change some of the game feature, their is not new with those title probably the feature but not the game

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@Antic_Dreamer @crazycat690 And yet all as boring as any of those created after the last great system, with the exception of the n64 ones.  SNES was the last greatest nintendon't system and they are failing HARD.  Time to jump ship... OH WAIT I did that after their creme de la fail, GameCrude i mean cube.

llsinister84ll
llsinister84ll

@BludshedX @llsinister84ll I'm just sayin the last Nintendo anything I had was a super Nintendo and that's it!!! Ps2 satisfied my entertainment needs ps3 satisified my entertainment needs and I am quite confident ps4 will satisfy my needs sorry I never will consider Nintendo for anything I was going to pick up a 360 to play halo and gears so me getting a wii not Evan part of this conversation google just needs to come out with their console and just put Nintendo out of its misery hahahahaha

96augment
96augment

@KeenoControl @96augment But I was talking to Rousso about what Nintendo has. I really wasn't talking about launch titles. I do have to agree with you. The Wiiu's launch line up sucked.

KeenoControl
KeenoControl

@96augment @KeenoControl actually the article is about launch lineup. Reggie is dissing the Sony/Microsoft's launch titles when the fact is the Wii U's launch lineup was terrible. It's easy to have a few strong titles coming up when you've already been out for a year

96augment
96augment

@KeenoControl They don't have to be launch titles. They just have to come to the Wii U at some point.