Nintendo next in Sony’s firing line

Having launched a verbal volley against rival Microsoft yesterday, Sony has now turned its attentions to Nintendo with SCEA’s senior VP of public relations claiming that third party publishers are now putting resources once dedicated to Wii into PS3 development.

What publishers have said is they’re not going to spend the resources on Wii,” Dyer told IndustryGamers. In my job, we compete against Microsoft and Nintendo, and we’re competing for resources.

In the past, it was ‘Look how hot the Wii is’, or ‘Look how hot the DS is’, and ‘We should put resources there’. Publishers did that and realised, ‘You know what, third-party product just doesn’t sell on that platform’.

So now they’re taking those resources, coming back to us and saying ‘We’re going to be able to provide you with that exclusive content’, or ‘We’re going to put more engineers on it and figure out to maximize the Blu-ray and get more out of PS3’. That’s what we’re seeing now.”

And I don’t even have to fight for their hearts and minds. I just show them the TRST data with regards to how many top 10 titles are third-party titles on the Wii, or how many top 10 titles are third-party titles on the DS. Not many.

It’s not a hard story to sell, and they get that. Unless they’ve got a particular franchise that’s worked well on the Wii, you don’t see a lot of innovative new IP coming out on that platform.”

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