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Handhelds are where it's at - Square Enix chief exec

by rawmeatcowboy
11 June 2007
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“There is a new breed of gamers in the market – we have to make games for all kinds of people. In the old days, we could just focus on the PlayStation or the GameBoy, but the environment has changed completely. We chose the Nintendo DS (for Dragon Quest IX) because the widest array of people use it, including people who previously did not play games before. There are too many specs (for next gen consoles) – and you also need a high-definition TV, a broadband connection and a deep knowledge of gaming – these consoles are mismatched to today’s environment. In a year or two years they will fare better.” - Yoichi Wada, chief executive of Square Enix

It’s true that the cost and knowledge needed to jump into the next generation of consoles is very high. Even the Wii has a bit of a steep learning curve when compared to the Cube. Still though, I would see the Wii as the most accessible next-gen platform.