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Microsoft admits that they may not beat Nintendo

Microsoft admits that they may not beat Nintendo

by Hassan AhmedSeptember 6, 2008


Looks like Nintendo’s success is just too much for Microsoft. Don Mattrick, the Senior Vice President of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, had this to say regarding Nintendo:

“I’m not at a point where I can say we’re going to beat Nintendo. We will sell more consoles this generation than Sony.”

So, Microsoft admits that they may not be able to be #1 this generation, but is confident they can beat Sony. This isn’t the type of thing you’d hear from a company like this, so I’m kind of surprised.

[Via Business Week]

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Hassan Ahmed
In June 2008, Hassan was offered a position at NintendoFuse, and he accepted it right away. He is a big Nintendo fan, and has owned every handheld since the Game Boy Color and every console since the Nintendo 64. Hassan's philosophy is very simple: "fun". He plays video games to escape from life for a while and just relax and enjoy. As a blogger, Hassan's focus is to provide the most detailed news articles and hands-on impressions that you will find anywhere. The more information that he can provide to the fans and readers, the better. And to further expand on his philosophy of fun and his detail-oriented goal, Hassan started up the NintendoFuse Podcast in September of 2009. Hassan has been blogging for NintendoFuse since June 2008, and he enjoys being a part of this wonderful community. He hopes to provide you with the latest and greatest Nintendo news and rumors, as well as hands-on impressions, with as much detail as possible to benefit the fans and readers.
  • Santarex
    September 6, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Finally they’re admitting it! Ok, now tell us you’ve also copied the Miis and the motion controller

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    September 6, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Hey guys guess what….


    Im gonna go sell mah Wii now.

  • Jesse
    September 6, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Ehh.. one sentence isn’t going to do it for me….

    How about a whole speech Microsoft??

  • Holala
    September 6, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    To Potatoman:

    Guess what!!!No 1 cares =( lets be emo and cut our veins -_-

  • September 6, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Only a Microsoft fan would say that. All my friends think the 360 is so much better……. GUESS NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    September 6, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Well if you could sell a wii to a friend who would pay $300 which includes a bunch of VC games and then go get a 360 and save money. But if I save up enough I’ll get both 😀

  • aaron
    September 7, 2008 at 8:52 am

    wii sucks. there r not enaugh good games

  • Faeker
    September 7, 2008 at 9:30 am

    I’m glad that the Wii has sold so well and has put Nintendo back on the map in a big way, but lets’ be honest….the 360 has much better games. Ninetendo wins hardware wise hands down, but my god the software is just horrible. I still play my gamecube games more than I play wii games.

  • Surgical Precision
    September 7, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    There are some truly great games for the Waggle Box but I do agree with you there Faeker, as things currently stand Nintendo has WAY to few triple A titles this generation…

    Unfortunately Nintendo themselves (with a handful of exceptions) seam to be the only ones that can actually handle making a so called “casual” game without making it suck way beyond the point of usability…

    So while the Brickmaster 2000 is able to focus completely on the “hardcore” crowd (because no one really expects anything different from them) Nintendo is stuck having to make most of the good games for their console themselves…

    And as a result this means less Mario & Zelda, And more Mii’s doing whatever the hell it is they do…

    But I don’t know about you, but to me this statement reads more like a confession that we won’t be seeing much more of the Brickmaster 2000 in the near future…

    Microsoft’s console “generation” is (like anything else microsoft) over when they say it is…

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they decided to “move on ahead” to the next “generation” late next year just in time for the Grillstation to finally start to look like its picking up in popularity…

    You know… So they could take credit for it and call the Brickmaster’s run a smashing success which should help with whatever crap it is their going to try to sell us next…

  • Dylan
    September 7, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    360 is at 19.42 million units sold right now

    Wii is at 29.62 million

  • Steve
    September 7, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    ummm, has anyone here read deception point by dan brown? well i mean microsoft could be trciking us into a false sense of security, they may have a something new, and waiting for JUST the right time to unveil it, unfortunately i dont have a wii or a 360 X[ (stupid brothers and stupid college) but regardless, microsoft COULD be tricking nintendo, who knows…we just have to wait.

  • Santarex
    September 7, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Wait? …… 2009: Xbox360 Sports

  • ender
    September 7, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    It’s amazing that nintendo still has such a fanboy-fanbase. Sorry kids – it doesn’t matter if nintendo ‘wins’. You’re still only kids with a gaming system meant for party-games only. They will not cater to the real gamer in you. Besides, any real gamer has all the consoles. Even though the Wii has sold a lot, how are any of you okay with being the treated the way we are by nintendo?

  • Surgical Precision
    September 8, 2008 at 12:23 am

    Uh ender that logic of yours is kinda flawed… Badly… The reason is that Nintendo seldom to almost never (at this point) has made games for little kids…

    Most of their fans know that… Rather it’s far FAR more accurate to say they make family friendly games…

    Party games are among the more popular genders in that field…

    A family friendly game is actually FAR MORE LIKELY to be picked up by an adult with kids then it is the kids themselves…

    The parents would see the game as a fun activity to share with their kids, where as the kids themselves would probably want to play something with blood & violence simply because the act of doing something that their parents don’t want them to do makes them feel more independent… (Grown up)

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    September 8, 2008 at 3:11 am

    I don’t see how different it is to someone who supports a sports team, even when they will acknowledge that they’re playing sheisenhousen. Why? Because that’s what they’ve grown up with. Quite frankly, I don’t care if you don’t like Nintendo, DS or Wii. I love both of mine and wouldn’t sell them.

    P.S. Buy a flashcart.

  • Surgical Precision
    September 8, 2008 at 7:41 am

    Well said noodle, I buy the Nintendo brand because to me they’re like Mac’s…

    By that I mean It’s a gaming device that knows exactly what it’s supposed to do & everything else is just an afterthought…

    That is both a good & a bad thing in both the computer world & in the home entertainment market… But in the case of video game consoles it seems to have worked out for them this generation…

    I’ve always favored them for that because I know when I see Mario’s or Zelda’s name on a box my odds of dissatisfaction with the game are far FAR less then that of something i’ve never heard of before, or even something that I’ve only ever read about…

    Sure I like to adventure out into the unknown every once in a while… But I doubt I’ll ever be bold enough as to throw myself into the middle of a jungle that I can barley even tell where it begins & ends… Not when money is at stake at least… :p

  • ender
    September 8, 2008 at 9:46 am

    sorry, I’m a nintendo fanboy myself.
    but the calibre of games on this system is nothing compared to the epic gaming library of the xbox. Sure, it may sell the most – but don’t forget, Mariah Carey out-sold Elvis Presley.

  • Surgical Precision
    September 8, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Ouch… Maybe a slightly less harsh comparison there… ;_;

  • ender
    September 9, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    You’re right, I responded in anger. I’m just so upset that Animal Crossing for the wii is considered a hard-core game.

  • Profile photo of Hassan Ahmed
    September 9, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Anyone can play Wii Sports. But those that play it hardcore are those that try and get the highest score and constantly play it. You don’t have to be a hardcore gamer to play a game in a hardcore manner. I think what Reggie was saying was that even hardcore gamers can get a kick out of Animal Crossing. It was probably mistranslated or maybe he said it in a confusing way or something. There’s no way he could really think Animal Crossing is hardcore. But I can see how anyone, including a casual gamer, could play Animal Crossing in a hardcore way (basically being addicted to it). So I think that’s what he meant.

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