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Original Xbox co-creator reveals how the Switch won him over, doesn't think Sony/Microsoft should try to copy Nintendo

Ed Fries was one of the creators of the original Xbox, but he's since moved on from Microsoft. In an interview snippet from Geekwire, Fries is asked about what he thinks of the Switch. You can see Fries' response below.

When I first saw it, I thought it was creative, but I wasn’t sure if it was going to be successful. Some of the ideas we had actually talked about at Xbox, like having controllers you could separate and hold in each hand. I first played Zelda on the Wii U and enjoyed the game, and thought, maybe I don’t need a Switch. Eventually I buckled and got a Switch to play Mario, and I was really surprised how many different and creative ways they use the controllers, how they can be joined onto different supports, or you can separate them and hand them to another player and turn them sideways. It’s something that’s really won me over as a cool machine.

I love how creative Nintendo is. Now they have this Nintendo Labo with the cardboard. When I saw that I thought, good for you Nintendo, I just love how they’re always thinking outside the box. This cardboard thing ties into the whole maker movement, and it’s great to have kids building something physical.

I don’t think the right thing for Microsoft or Sony to do is imitate Nintendo or try to be Nintendo. I don’t think they’ll succeed by being Nintendo. I think they’ve gotta figure out what it is that they do well and continue to do that well.

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

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Despite how heated the console fan-wars get, it's always nice to see how classy the companies and developers generally are to each other. (We'll ignore Sony's "sharing games" video from E3 2013.)

I also agree with the sentiment that Sony and Microsoft need to be their own things, they've never really done well in their attempts to replicate what Nintendo finds success with. (Move controllers were... eh... and Kinect, while something different than the Wiimote, just wasn't ready for primetime.)

That sharing games video was totally warranted though. I love seeing people from different companies giving respect to others too but only when credit's due; 2013 era Microsoft deserved all the **** that got sent their way for their anti consumer trash they were trying to peddle.

Oh, not saying it wasn't, but it wasn't exactly respectful. I mean, it was what we were all thinking, but still!

It's definitely something they have spent almost this entire hardware gen trying to come back from.

I don’t think the right thing for Microsoft or Sony to do is imitate Nintendo or try to be Nintendo. I don’t think they’ll succeed by being Nintendo. I think they’ve gotta figure out what it is that they do well and continue to do that well.

100% agree. I don't need or want 3 gaming platforms that all do the same thing - be unique!

Mon Mar 12 18 05:14am
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Nintendo really needs to pick up their competion-complimenting act. Really, it's disgraceful. /s

For the longest time I was wondering what a cometion-complimenting act is. After consulting several tomes of wisdom, I finally figured out you meant competition-complimenting act!

Ah, thank you. I have fixed it now.

In terms of innovation, No one can compete against Nintendo unless they are willing to risk as much as Nintendo and put effort as much as Nintendo. Sony made the Vita an arguably god powerhouse with a touch pad at the back but it failed because of it being too damn expensive and it just could not compete against 3DS due to the heavy amount of software the later had.

I don’t think the right thing for Microsoft or Sony to do is imitate Nintendo or try to be Nintendo. I don’t think they’ll succeed by being Nintendo. I think they’ve gotta figure out what it is that they do well and continue to do that well.

Oh man, this is so true. When Nintendo is doing well, everyone seems to think MS and Sony need to step up and mimic whatever they are doing, and likewise, when Nintendo is doing less than stellar, the narrative becomes “Nintendo needs to stop trying to be different and make their own version of the PS4 or One.”

I just don’t think that is healthy for any of the companies involved (or gamers for that matter.) Nintendo has succeeded with DS, Wii, 3DS, and Switch by doing their own thing. The same goes for Sony and MS with their machines. Let’s keep it that way.

Now that you mention it, that does happen a lot, doesn't it? I heard so many "Nintendo needs to go third party" or "The next console should be a straight powerhouse of a console" during the Wii U era, but I am not hearing a lot of that now

ddark
Mon Mar 12 18 11:49am
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Exactly. It’s sort of like the old coach’s conundrum. If you call a risky play , and it works perfectly, you’re a genius. If that same play happened to get stopped, you couldn’t be a bigger fool.

Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony all make their plans, call their “plays,” and then try to execute to the best of their abilities. Sometimes it works out, other times it doesn’t. Either way, I just don’t see an upside to losing your identity because of either outcome in a particular situation.

Live and let live!

If they ever make a biopic of this guy, Will Forte is the guy for the role.

ddark
Mon Mar 12 18 11:53am
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Yup! Or if Will Forte and the guy from Sienfeld (who also was flying to Umpapamauwmauw in some commercial) had a baby, and that baby was now a middle-aged man, then him.

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