Also, according to Iwata, the company 'should not battle Microsoft on third-party exclusive deals'
At an investors meeting, Nintendo's president claims Microsoft's alternative may suffer from lag problems.
Also, he thinks Wii U will feature a wide range of third-party games...
In an investor meeting at E3, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata talked about Microsoft's SmartGlass technology.
He suggested that MS offering could suffer from lag issues due to its reliance on Wi-Fi. Also, he commented on the the tablet form-factor -which SmartGlass utilises- and how it does not ideally fit with the console games experience.
He also added that the SmartGlass initiative was "proof of concept" of Nintendo's vision for Wii U, by virtue of the fact it is being copied."The question is, is what they [Microsoft] are offering truly capable of doing everything that we're offering? From what we have seen so far, it looks to us as if what they are able to offer really is only a small facet of what the Wii U is capable of," he began.
"We know that the core users who love playing video games like controllers that you hold with two hands. But what you don't have on smartphones and tablets are the buttons and the control sticks that they prefer to use," Iwata said.
"Now, if players could hold a controller with two hands and hold a tablet or a smartphone with another hand, there would be no issue. Unfortunately, since it is not possible for humans to do that, you can't play a game in a way you can play with the Wii U."
On the same investors meeting, he also claimed that using money to secure third-party exclusives wouldn't be an appropriate course of action, because it would mean going head-to-head with the likes of Microsoft."Previously after we'd introduced motion control, it took the other companies about three years before they introduced their own style of motion control," Iwata said.
"This time, the fact is that we've seen something of this nature come out within a one-year time frame from when we first announced the Wii U. That suggests to me that they clearly see value in what we're trying to do."
He added that Wii U's GamePad provides third-parties new opportunities..."I don't think it would be an appropriate course of action to get into a battle with a company like Microsoft over the cost or the expense of trying to go head to head in a situation to try to obtain exclusive rights," he answered.
Interesting comments by Nintendo's president, don't you think?"If a third-party developer or publisher has come up with an idea of a potentially very unique use of the Wii U functionality with such a device [the GamePad], there is a high possibility that Nintendo will be a partner with that third party in an unprecedented manner (thereby reducing their development risk significantly)."
NEWS SOURCE #1: Iwata Xbox Smartglass offers a small facet of Wii-U capabilities (via) CVG
NEWS SOURCE #2: Nintendo should not battle Microsoft on third-party exclusive deals (via) CVG
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