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Xbox Boss Likes Splatoon, has a Wii U and Feels People Downplay the Sales

Phil Spencer

Eurogamer spoke with Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently, and he had nothing but good things to say about Nintendo and the Wii U. He feels that people downplay the Wii U sales given the current circumstances. Spencer also has a Wii U and thinks Splatoon is a great game.

“On the Wii U, I think people downplay how many units they’ve sold. I’ve got a Wii U, I think there’s some great games on there. I think Splatoon’s a really nice game and I don’t think there’s a first-party out there that has the strength of IP that Nintendo has. They’re always a beacon to me when I look at what it means to build a first-party portfolio of products, they’ve done a great job.”

Via: Nintendo Everything, Source: Eurogamer


  • FalconLawnch

    Really liking what we’ve been hearing from Phil since he took over. He comes off as humble, willing to learn and fairly honest, and I think this has been reflected in the Xbox brand lately.

    *Meanwhile at Nintendo*

    “Yeah, well, we saved the industry over 30 years ago, so we don’t need to learn from nobody! We march to the beat of our own drum even though our core userbase has been steadily shrinking since the mid 90s!”

  • RickyDelRio

    Shows confidence and class.

    I think Reggie would do much better if he would just say it like it is. He always wants to put some ridiculous gloss on everything.

    He ends up sounding great to the “group think” Nintendrones and like a clown to everyone else. Memo to Reggie: The Nintendrones are all ready on board.

    • D.M.T

      Reggie speaks the truth more often than not. Reggie is only a clown to those who are hurt by the truth. If my comment somehow makes me a “Nintendrone” then so be it. I rather be a drone than a butthurt PlayStation or Xbox fan.

    • JaxonH

      While Reggie does come off as stiff and scripted, every now and then he says it like it is. Like with the Federation Force comment when he said, and I’m paraphrasing, “Shut your traps and play the game before criticizing. If after playing it you don’t like it, then we’ll talk”.

      And it takes a certain type of aggressive personality to deal with the volatile Nintendo fan base sometimes. I think Reggie is the right person for that- he’s not afraid to put the loudmouths in their place.

      Having said that, he is WAY too scripted and needs to speak more from the heart, less from the TelePrompter.

  • ActivesiN

    Phil Spencer is so awesome, take notes Reggie and Scott Moffitt

  • Gearchin

    and that is how you learn the ropes of being a great president, you learn from others ups and downs, and work to improve your own mistakes and fortunes. I can honestly say Phil is the perfect fit for Xbox and someone it has needed for a long time now.

  • RickyDelRio

    Nice. shows class and confidence. A+

    vs

    Reggie in 2013 knowing he had a full 1 year head start this gen:

    “The dirty little secret is if you look at life-to-date numbers, between
    Sony and Nintendo they’d be pretty close in terms of PS4 vs. Wii U, with
    Xbox coming in third place.”

    Shows deception, lack of awareness. Now your life-to-date numbers lag behind the Vita Reggie. what happened?

  • Hardin Twentyfive

    Phil is Reggie 1.5.

  • Liquid-Sunrise

    He seem like a cool dude.

  • getagrip

    AND THEY PROFIT,AND THEY HAVE UP TO DATE CORE CONTROLLERS!!!!

  • PRIMUS

    The more Microsoft stay seeking first party IPs, the more third parties share their games across platforms.

    • GreysonTetsuya

      Yea MS/Sony/Nintendo should make a pact to stop the partnerships with thirds, it’s just a way to fool consumers into thinking a game is exclusive or for fuel for fanboy wars.

      • Fatthew

        wont happen. Sony and (to a lesser extent) Microsoft heavily rely on third party games to sell their consoles.

        • GreysonTetsuya

          Phil Spencer recently suggested Xbox is moving away from the third party partnership thing. Nintendo doesn’t do the partnership thing, so that means they just need to get Sony to agree to it. Sony shouldn’t even be spending that money on partnerships considering their financial situation. it unlikely? Maybe. Is it impossible? No.

        • Gearchin

          it isn’t a sustainable business, if their console goes in the red in quarterly earning, because they are too busy buying exclusive rights/content(ps3/xbox360 era). Though they are partially gaining money back, it will take a while to get the 5+bil each one lost during last gen. I hope, the xbox brand makes enough money, for them this gen where their shareholders don’t want to sell it off. I hope the same for sony as well, hopefully they’ll have sustainable business ,where they arent hemorrhaging money from other parts of their businesses(sony). We shall see

  • awang0718

    Stay classy, Phil.

  • Anal Fixation

    I feel like Reggie could reflect from this, not saying he is a bad dude i mean i love him to death but his PR game needs a little work…no shame in that though i mean we are human.

    • KnightWonder

      See this is how you say this.

    • The Best Bully

      Don’t forget Scott Moffitt.

      • KnightWonder

        No, you said you wanted him fired.

    • *NormalGamer*

      Pretty much all of NOA needs improvement. And yes, there’s no shame in learning how to improve things; we are human.

    • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP16noYFeThFrJa2JVFw2IA Otaku DJK1NG (YouTube)

      Reggie only oversees America. Phil oversees the entirety of Microsoft Gaming Division.

    • D.M.T

      You basically want Reggie to say good things about the competition. That is not needed. All he needs to do is stay classy or don’t acknowledge the competition at all. I do agree that his PR needs improvement, seems like his comments are scripted and he repeats himself a lot.

    • freelancepimp .

      Nintendo PR as a whole needs a little work. Everybody who actually sits down and play a WiiU knows it is a quality product. Nintendo just hasn’t done a great job of getting that across and defending/protecting there brand.