George "Mario will never start shooting hookers" Harrison is confident that the Revolution can outsell its competitors. Nintendo of America´s Senior Vice President for Marketing and Corporate Communications has spoken to IGN´s Nintendo minute.
We want to expand the total game market to people who've stopped playing regularly, or who've never played before. But that's only half the goal. The other half is to bring compelling new experiences even to the most avid gamers. If we achieve both goals, yes, there's no reason we can't compete favorably with any competitor. (...)
We don't believe graphic realism will be the deciding factor of success for the new consoles. It's like saying Van Gogh's paintings are 'graphically inferior' because they're not photorealistic depictions. But more importantly, remember how the PSP was marketed: as a device to bring the console experience to handhelds. In many ways, we've done that -- but I wonder right now whether they believe that's enough. (...)
Revolution's success will come from the fact that it'll bring a similar blast of creativity to the industry, while also lowering development costs. We'll have new and classic franchises, downloadable access for 20 years of great games and a controller that raises the bar for interactivity. It's this range of appeal that will make Nintendo a leader, both in terms of sales and innovation.
Again, pretty bold comments from Nintendo here. It´s interesting to note that Harrison, too, believes that the DS´s success will be mirrored by the Revolution. Like the DS, it may not be the most powerful console around, but its originality will more than make up for that, they believe.
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