Everyone has an opinion about the Nintendo Switch, and the console hasn’t even been properly revealed yet. Ubisoft can’t shut up about it, EA is looking to support it while interest is high, and even PlayStation boss Shuhei Yoshida has an opinion on his competition.
Speaking with Digital Spy, Yoshida praises Nintendo’s return to “conventional games,” claiming that the Switch is good for “core gamers.”
DS: 2017 will see the launch of another new console, Nintendo’s Switch. What do you think of it, and where do you see it sitting in the console ecosystem?
SY: I think it’s a very unique system. It’s very interesting that they’ve designed the system to work well with more conventional games in terms of inputs and buttons. So I think it’s good for core gamers and their marketing message focused on that.
DS:Do you still see Nintendo as competition in terms of hardware sales, or do they now exist in a completely different market?
SY: I think they’re going to cover a new market for themselves.
Is that a thinly veiled bit of trash-talking I smell?
Yoshida’s the nicest guy ever, but he knows how to prod his competition subtly. So far, every single entity that has spoken about the Switch has praised it for being a game-changing device, one that will open up new boundaries on how we approach video games. The praise is so thick, I want to put it on my pancakes in the morning.
Yoshida is the first to use the word “conventional,” insinuating that he doesn’t see the Switch as something special.
Mentioning “core gamers” as well is something that Nintendo obviously wants to try and avoid, seeing as how that got the company in a world of trouble with the Wii U’s reveal and mixed messages. No need to bring up those old skeletons, Yoshida.
This interview is laced with shallow digs, and I like it. It’s been a while since Sony and Nintendo had a bone to pick with one another.