Miyamoto "Threatened" By Move and Natal
When Microsoft and Sony first announced their foray into the motion-control business, Nintendo were all smiles and scorn. Stating that they were embarrassed and flattered by the competitors' attempts to mimic the wiimote, both Shigsy and Reggie were happy to slag off their rivals and seemed outwardly apathetic about the whole thing. Unfortunately, it now seems that they were putting on a brave face for the media.
Nintendo's complacency has slowly been souring into unbridled fear and paranoia with each new Move and Natal update, replacing smug detachment with a creeping sense of dread and bloodcurdling terror. Well, at least a healthy change of perspective anyways. In an interview with Edge, Shigeru Miyamoto has admitted that Nintendo are more than a little worried by the upcoming Mo-Con revolution.
“Whenever something we have created and presented is followed by copies, we always feel it is threatening. More than that, we’re concerned that others are trying to do something similar for the sake of it. It’s not encouraging to Nintendo.”
You've changed your tune, Shigsy. Nintendo's making a habit of publicly underestimating their competition- after all, they were quick to dismiss Apple's iPad and iPhone as potential competition yet are now scared stiff by the "threat" that they apparently pose. [EDGE via VG247]
Is Miyamoto right to be worried? Will Move and Natal deliver a killing blow to Nintendo's Mo-Con monopoly...or hammer home the fact that the Wii provides all the minigame collections we really need? Have your say in the comments!
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 won't beat MW2...
Battlefield Bad Company 2 has been a roaring success, shifting over 5 million units and providing gamers with a stupendous multiplayer experience. However, DICE were up front about their aspirations to beat CoD: Modern Warfare in terms of brand recognition and sales- but it appears that they won't quite manage it this time. In an interview with MCV, UK GM Keith Ramsdale took a wistful look back at Bad Company 2's reception and sales success.
"It’s been great. The press reaction has been focused largely on how good the multiplayer is. It’s now recognised as genre defining, and the way the market’s going, that’s key. Are we going to beat Modern Warfare sales this year with any single title? No. But do we have a long-term goal of taking more market share or possibly growing the market? Yes.”
Then again, he who laughs last laughs hardest. Infinity Ward is a shrivelled depressing husk of its former self- and DICE have a great team and years of experience to draw upon for the next Battlefield outing. [MCV]
In other news, a large PS3 patch will be hitting the servers later today. It'll fix and improve a range of issues including increased teamkill penalties, trophy tweaks. Get the full details here.
Shogun II: Total War Confirmed
Creative Assembly has jumped the E3 gun and confirmed that Shogun II: Total War is on the way. According to hands-on early impressions, the sequel will deliver a number of new features including powerful heroes, huge-scale siege battles, improved naval warfare and a tighter focus on singleplayer story elements.
Eight-player battle royales and personal hero avatars may also be making an appearance, making tactical precision and battlefield awareness more important than ever. It's still in the pre-alpha stage, so we can't expect to lead our troops into battle until Q1 2011 at the earliest. [1UP]