Nintendo America Boss “Flattered” By PlayStation Move

Reggie Fils-Aime, the head of Nintendo America, has said he is “flattered” by Sony’s reveal of the PlayStation Move, the new PS3 controller that bears undeniable similarities to Nintendo’s Wii Remote and Nunchuk.

“I think we would have been embarrassed to do what our competitors are currently doing,” said Fils-Aime. He added: “…if imitation is the most sincere form of flattery then I’m blushing I’m so flattered.”

The PlayStation Move and it’s ‘sub-controller’ (which connects wirelessly to the main controller and acts like the Wii Nunchuk) bears an uncanny resemblance to Nintendo’s earlier efforts, although with a few clear distinctions. In place of the Wii Remote’s infrared sensor, the end of the Move is graced with a ‘color-changing sphere’ that reacts to actions in the games. Sony suggests that the sphere could light up “when you cast the correct spell or mix the perfect paint color.”

The Move will also work in connection with the PlayStation Eye camera to provide accurate motion sensing.

However, Fils-Aime remains unimpressed: “You know, I didn’t see the announcement. I did spend some time at the booth and saw some of what they were demonstrating and I think the question isn’t how will we react — I think the question is, so what is it that’s going to be compelling to the consumer in what they’re doing?”

“From our standpoint, motion control is core to what we do. We believe that we’ve brought a range of different experiences that utilize the motion controller and we pride ourselves on being innovators in the space and we’re going to continue to innovate. I think the key question is, how will they respond when we continue to innovate if this is their best effort?”

Source: Kotaku, IGN