In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Xbox boss Phil Spencer gave Nintendo some praise for their IP and strong exclusives on the Wii U. That’s right, the head of competing console praised Nintendo. When asked about exclusive games and their effect on hardware sales, Phil Spencer gave a pretty good response. Here’s what was said:
Do you think exclusive games are necessary to sell hardware? It traditionally would seem that way, but if that’s the case, surely more people would have the Wii U, as that’s got the best exclusives out there.
Phil Spencer: On the Wii U, I think people downplay how many units they’ve sold. I’ve got a Wii U, I think there’s some great games on there. I think Splatoon’s a really nice game and I don’t think there’s a first-party out there that has the strength of IP that Nintendo has. They’re always a beacon to me when I look at what it means to build a first-party portfolio of products, they’ve done a great job.
That’s some pretty high praise there from the Xbox boss. It also tells me that he really gets it. The Xbox brand took a pretty big hit when the Xbox One was revealed and was hurting pretty bad before he became head. After he became head of Xbox, the company started making much better decisions turning things around for the Xbox One and getting on the right track. It really does seem to me that Phil Spencer gets it.