March 17th, 2006, 20:29 Posted By: wraggster
Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo's design genius behind legendary properties like Mario and Zelda, has been speaking about the big N's reaction to this week's PS3 launch announcement in an interview with the The Guardian's games blog.
Miyamoto, who's been in old Lunnun town following his recent knighting at the hands of the French (actually for a few extra quid he could have probably bought one from our very own beloved leader and made it a clean sweep), admitted that, "any announcement about PS3 will affect Nintendo. But we don't see it as a competition between the two consoles, although the customers always do."
Confirming that Nintendo is going for a very different approach in the next generation, Miyamoto expanded by saying: "It depends on what expectations people have of the PS3 and Revolution. Sony has taken a long time to create their machine but it is obvious that the direction we are taking is different to the PS3."
Rather than slug it out in a straight fight with the other two heavyweight games corporations, Nintendo would, as ever, be pursuing its own course as Miyamoto confirmed. "We think that games can't be improved by just focussing on the graphics which is the direction that most of the industry has been heading. Nintendo is very unique, we are an entertainment company. For a long time now we have been concerned by the direction of the industry.
"We could fight in that area [sheer graphical power] but we think it is not necessary and we would rather focus on what Nintendo can do uniquely. We want to get a balance between powerful CPU's or beautiful graphics and making the technology comfortable and appealing. We created the DS and Revolution with this philosophy and concept in mind."
Miyamoto also chose to share a few thoughts on how Nintendo had embraced its new entry into the world of online, saying, "Until recently we have felt that we couldn't make money out of online gaming. It has been very difficult for online games to become an authentic business in this industry." However, following the success of Nintendo's Wi-Fi service, Miyamoto said that Nintendo had fixed some of the problems such as 'ease of connection and security' and promised "we are ready to develop it further".
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