The Nintendo legend weighs in on Project Natal and the PlayStation 3 Motion Controller.
In a recent interview with Official Nintendo Magazine UK, Shigeru Miyamoto responded to questions about rival gaming console's upcoming motion controllers by saying "Well, I should say that it could be taken as a compliment if others are following suit, by saying Nintendo was right in choosing a certain direction. But if you ask me if that is going to be good for the entire business, I really don't know."
Miyamoto's comments are directed towards motion controllers announced by Microsoft and Sony for their current gaming consoles, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Both companies made a splash at E3 2009 in June by unveiling their motion controllers. Project Natal, the Xbox 360 motion controller is not actually a controller at all, but rather a movement-tracking camera. The PS3 motion controller, codenamed Sphere, is similar to the Wii Remote in that it is a wand separate from the main controller.
When asked if Nintendo would lose its uniqueness when the competition launched their motion controllers, Miyamoto responded "If everyone else is going to do exactly the same thing, unfortunately in this entertainment business that means less uniqueness, and uniqueness is what Nintendo has tried to realize. When you say that one element of our uniqueness might have been lost, you don't really have to be concerned about that, because Nintendo always tries to find something new. I hope you are looking forward to our challenge to discover this new uniqueness!"
Project Natal and the Sony PS3 Motion Controller are both scheduled for release in 2010. The full interview with Miyamoto is available in the 50th issue of Official Nintendo Magazine.