Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime Is Not Impressed with Xbox One Launch Lineup
Posted by Ken Barnes
People in glass houses...
Nintendo of America's genuinely likeable president Reggie Fils-Aime has cast his eye over the upcoming Xbox One and PS4 launch lineups, and doesn't feel particularly daunted by either of them, it seems.
Speaking to IGN after yesterday's Wii U price cut announcement (and the announcement of the 2DS, which had us all checking our calendars to see if it was indeed April 1st), Reggie was somewhat disparaging about what he sees from his company's main competition.
It’s all about the games. The competitive systems have announced their launch lineups. I’m allowed to say ‘Meh’. I look at our lineup of titles and I feel good about our lineup. We’ve got Zelda. We’ve got Mario. We’ve got Donkey Kong. 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.
At the time of writing, the Wii U (released in November 2012) has around 50 titles currently available to purchase at retail. Aside from the standouts, there are obviously the likes of The Smurfs 2, Game Party Champions and other such filler included in that number. On launch day, the Xbox One will play host 18 retail titles - a lot of which are "triple A" releases, and at least 5 digital-only titles. It probably won't take almost a year to hit the 50-title mark, either. In fact, it definitely won't.
Just to refresh your memories...
Xbox One Day One Retail Titles
Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, Ubisoft)
Battlefield 4 (DICE, Electronic Arts)
Call of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward, Activision)
Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver, Microsoft)
FIFA 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
Fighter Within (AMA Ltd., Ubisoft)
Forza Motorsport 5 (Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft Studios)
Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft)
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive)
Madden NFL 25 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
NBA 2K14 (Visual Concepts, 2K Sports)
NBA LIVE 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
Need for Speed: Rivals (Ghost Games, Electronic Arts)
Ryse: Son of Rome (Crytek, Microsoft Studios)
Skylanders: Swap Force (Vicarious Visions, Activision)
Watch Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft)
Zoo Tycoon (Frontier Developments Ltd., Microsoft Studios)
Zumba Fitness: World Party (Zoë Mode, Majesco)
Xbox One Day One Digital Titles
Crimson Dragon (Grounding/Land Ho!, Microsoft Studios)
Lococycle (Twisted Pixel, Microsoft Studios)
Killer Instinct (Double Helix, Microsoft Studios)
Peggle 2 (Popcap, Electronic Arts)
Powerstar Golf (Zoe Mode, Microsoft Studios)
Announcing a console that has appeared to get the gaming world laughing out loud, and then disparaging the launch lineup of your competition after having to issue a price cut to try and revive the flatlining sales of your home console less than a year after release? We realise that Reggie's just doing his job, but his statement is either good, old fashioned confidence, or rank idiocy.
We'll leave it up to you to decide which.