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Friday, May 19, 2006

Nintendo UK Puts the Hurt on Sony

What's this I hear? Fighting words from Nintendo? Apparently; here is what Nintendo UK had to say about Sony's new decision on the inclusion of motion sensors in their new controllers.

Nintendo UK's David Yarnton said Sony is just doing what they always do. "I don’t know what their decision making process is," said Yarnton. "But I think if you look back, any innovation that has come in gameplay has come from us."

Yarnton attacked Sony's change in attitude over motion sensitive controllers. He says Sony's Worldwide Studios president Phil Harrison had plenty of negative comments when Nintendo announced the Wii controller at the 2005 Tokyo Game Show. "I’d love to dig up some old Phil Harrison comments and say ‘hang on a second--six months ago when we launched our controller you said one thing, and now why are you doing this?'"

Yarnton also said that regardless of the reasons Sony may give, the lack of rumble technology in the PS3 controller is because that technology didn't belong to Sony.

"Historically we’re always developing new things," said Yarnton. "We know Sony has had a lot of issues with their rumble feature and they’ve had to withdraw it--because they didn’t innovate, they copied. With Nintendo, I’m trying to think of anything we’ve copied...but I can’t."

Some strong words from Nintendo. We will keep you posted.