This week there is basically no news so the NintendPals scrape the bottom of the barrel and talk nonsense for the first half of the show. Things get a little more interesting after though as a new section is introduced: Bottom 5’s and the guys kick it off with there Bottom 5 Gaming Moments. Continue reading NintendPals: Episode 41
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.
Microsoft has been gaining a lot of Steam lately. They’ve made a lot of the right moves and have really brought the Xbox brand back from a very bad position. That said, despite Microsoft making strides with the Xbox brand, the Xbox One sales in Japan have been on life support. Because of this, it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that Microsoft won’t be at this years Tokyo Game Show. This doesn’t mean they won’t do anything at all though. According to Famitsu, Microsoft still has plans to get Xbox news to fans and the media.
2015 will continue to provide an attractive game line-up, exclusive titles included. This year, Microsoft will not exhibit the Tokyo Game Show, but we’re making various preparations to deliver the latest Xbox news to fans and media. We will provide an update as soon as we can.
Earlier this year, we learned that Sony won’t be attending Gamescom due to it being too close to E3. Microsoft, however, will be attending and will show off several of their key titles that weren’t at E3 such as Crackdown 3 and Scalebound.
During IGN’s recent Podcast Unlocked, they interviewed three generations of Xbox leadership. In that interview they stated something that most people already figured. That being when the Xbox 360 came out, they were completely focused on Sony and had discounted Nintendo after the Gamecube.
Peter Moore: I also then remember the E3 when, God bless, Kaz Hirai and Jack Tretton announced $599, and we were all back stage like ‘Woohoo!” We knew then we had an opportunity to get ahead, drive ahead, get our games out quickly and get that lead. And I always said that the first to 10 million wins.
It was one of the greatest times of my career. You had to build a team, because we were growing then. We had prematurely put the Xbox to sleep, we needed to get ready for this and we knew what we needed to do. We had a three-day meeting at the Sheraton in Bellevue where we wargamed the scenario, and I actually played Ken Kutaragi. And we brought in a consultancy, it was a lot of fun. And the one thing we’d forgotten about, I don’t know if you remember this Phil [Spencer], we completely discounted Nintendo. Because they came off the GameCube and it was a disaster.
Phil Spencer: …and they destroyed both of us!
Peter Moore: Yes, with the Wii. But we wargamed for three days, what are you going to do, what do the launch titles look like, what are the marketing budgets, what is the positioning? And it was a fascinating experience which I’ll never forget. And this is a decade ago. And I actually played Ken, and my job was to destroy the launch of the Xbox 360.
Looking back on it, the Wii’s success was out of this world. Both Microsoft and Sony completely dismissed Nintendo in favor of focusing on each other. Meanwhile, the Wii just took off at a ridiculous pace. I remember after the Wii, all the companies were trying to do things like Nintendo, such as inserting their own player created characters into games and forcing motion into things when it’s not needed.
It appears Microsoft will be in, not one, but two conferences this year. This is thanks to the new PC Gaming Show at E3. Xbox boss, Phil Spencer, will be among several others showing off Windows 10 as well as several games for it.
For us, the PC Gaming Show is the ideal place to speak directly to PC gamers, and it’s a great time to talk about Windows 10 – the best operating system we’ve ever created for gamers on PCs,
With Windows 10, we’re bringing the best of Xbox with the best of Windows gaming, including Xbox Live and the new Xbox app, Game DVR for nearly every game, and DirectX 12 for better gaming graphics and performance.
It seems Microsoft will be presenting in a big way this year. Back in January, Microsoft revealed Windows 10 will feature Xbox Live and cross play between PC and the Xbox One. This will likely be a major focus of what they’re doing at E3. The PC Gaming Show, hosted by PC Gamer, will be on June 16th from 5 pm to 8 pm PT. If no official E3 streams are showing it, you’ll for sure be able to watch it on the PC Gamer Twitch channel.
Got an Xbox One? Well the new update just came out! Microsoft’s Larry Hryb, also known as Major Nelson, has a video talking about those features. Take a look at the above video.
When it comes to playing Halo, we do things a bit differently around here. Instead of all the running and shooting, we tend to do more smashing cars together and making things fit where they’re not supposed to go. You’ll see what I mean as you watch this week’s Go Round of Halo: Combat Evolved for the Xbox. As a bonus, I’ll throw in some links to some of our older Halo stuff. Some of it is pre-Nintendo Okie even.