Phil Harrison Says He Did Not Copy Nintendo
In addition, when the PS3/Wii controller comparisons were brought up, Harrison is quoted as saying: “In a certain way, I understand why people would say such things, but it is stupid, if you’ll forgive me saying so.” He continued: “We have already worked on it a long time, and Nintendo almost certainly has done likewise with something similar. It is perfectly naturally for two companies to work on identical devices. It’s like that with technology.”
These latter comments continue a reasonably contentious period leading up to the launch of the remaining two next-gen consoles – Nintendo UK’s David Yarnton previously accused Sony of copying key concepts from the Wii controller, suggesting: “IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d love to dig up some old Phil Harrison comments and say Ã¢â‚¬Ëœhang on a second Ã¢â‚¬â€œ six months ago when we launched our controller you said one thing, and now why are you doing this?Ã¢â‚¬â„¢”.
Yarnton also quipped: “I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know what [Sony’s] decision making process is but I think if you look back, any innovation that has come in gameplay has come from us”, a relatively strong statement from a representative of the generally understated Nintendo, thus apparently requiring Harrison and Sony to explain their motivations further.