When gamers talk about Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, usually it’s not in a positive light because of the lighthearted (and sometimes heavy-handed) rivalry between the three consoles that have been going on for generations. But the bosses of the brands know that while they are fighting for sales and bragging rights, each side has wonderful things to contribute. And Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, is a great example at praising competitors, especially Nintendo.
During an interview with Animal Talking Show, Phil Spencer noted many wonderful things that he appreciates about Nintendo:
…the pure thing about what Nintendo does, is they think about games, and they think about their hardware and their platform all as one thing, and build those experiences – and I know the teams there pretty well – and I think it’s magical the way they’re able to create a complete Nintendo experience on their devices, and this experience I’m looking at right here, in my hands, on my Switch, is Animal Crossing. From the Switch running it to the game itself to the way you go to other peoples islands…
In entertainment business, you know, most things don’t turn out to be huge successes so there always has to be some amount of surprise, but Nintendo is just masterful at what they do, and I’ve said it before, I think they have the strongest first party pedigree out there and strength, and they’re a jewel for us in the games industry and something we should protect.
It’s good to see respect being said from one company to another.