All one has to do is take a short browse through any major gaming-website, or gaming-section of a popular website like YouTube in order to find several heated debates among members of the fanbase. Many gamers tend to side with each of the platforms to a degree where they feel it’s necessary to demean other gamers on “opposing sides”. When seeing this behavior happen so often amongst game fans, some may feel like this speaks for the industry as a whole. That typically tends to be quite opposite of reality, thankfully as industry execs have time-and-again shown great respect and admiration for their counterparts even if they’re business rivals. Here’s yet another example of this very type of situation from a recent interview with Ed Fries conducted by Geekwire.
Mr. Fries is the co-creator of the true ‘Xbox One’, that is, the actual first Xbox. While Fries is clearly a Microsoft guy, the Nintendo Switch came up during the interview. He had nothing but good things to say about the system, as well as Nintendo itself.
When asked about his impressions of the Switch, Fries admitted that he at first didn’t think it would have been successful despite considering it to be “creative”. His mind changed after playing it, though (not to mention it has clearly proven to be a big success). Fries even mentioned that the folks over at Xbox thought of an idea similar to that of the Joy-Con where they were planning on having detachable controllers.
“When I first saw it, I thought it was creative, but I wasn’t sure if it was going to be successful. Some of the ideas we had actually talked about at Xbox, like having controllers you could separate and hold in each hand. I first played Zelda on the Wii U and enjoyed the game, and thought, maybe I don’t need a Switch. Eventually, I buckled and got a Switch to play Mario, and I was really surprised how many different and creative ways they use the controllers, how they can be joined onto different supports, or you can separate them and hand them to another player and turn them sideways. It’s something that’s really won me over as a cool machine.”
Fries then proceeded to shower Nintendo itself with some praise, noting that he “love(s) how creative Nintendo is”. He used Nintendo Labo as an example of a creative idea.
I love how creative Nintendo is. Now they have this Nintendo Labo with the cardboard. When I saw that I thought, good for you Nintendo, I just love how they’re always thinking outside the box. This cardboard thing ties into the whole maker movement, and it’s great to have kids building something physical.
Mr. Fries also made mention of how he thinks that Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft should stay separate instead of copying each other. He specifically singled out Nintendo, saying that the company should continue down the unique path it’s currently following:
I don’t think the right thing for Microsoft or Sony to do is imitate Nintendo or try to be Nintendo. I don’t think they’ll succeed by being Nintendo. I think they’ve gotta figure out what it is that they do well and continue to do that well.