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Sony Boss Convinced Wii U is not Competing with PS3, “in its own Generation”

June 15, 2012 Written by Alex Osborn

Even though the Nintendo will soon be on even footing with the PS3 and Xbox 360 thanks to the upcoming release of the Wii U, Sony Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida believes that Nintendo is still operating in a market of its own.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Yoshida explained that since Nintendo managed to distance itself from the competition with the Wii, the console’s successor will likely do the same. As such, the Sony boss believes that the “Wii U is the next generation of Wii,” which puts it in “its own generation.”

Yoshida expounded upon his thoughts of the Wii, saying:

Personally, I have always thought Wii was in a generation of its own. I always thought PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are in the same generation, but Wii was not the same.

To me, the industry was growing really fast when those three platforms came up because the focus is so different. The PS3 and the 360 were the closest in terms of high definition and networked services. But Wii carved out a large niche to itself. To me, it was like two generations going at the same time.

Do you agree with the sentiment that Nintendo is no longer in competition with the likes of Sony and Microsoft? Will the Wii U serve as a potential threat to the PS3 in the coming months? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments below.