February 26, 2021

Nintendo Is “A Jewel” In The Industry And Has The Best First-Party Pedigree, Says Xbox Boss


Animal Talking Phil SpencerAnimal Talking Phil Spencer

Hollywood screenwriter and one-time games journalist Gary Whitta has had some cool guests on his Animal Crossing-themed Twitch show Animal Talking, and the most recent episode featured one of gaming’s most high-profile executives – Xbox’s Phil Spencer.

Spencer has made no secret of his respect for Nintendo in the past, and, as you might imagine, had plenty of nice things to say about the Kyoto veteran during his time on the show.

He took time to praise the fact that Nintendo considers the whole gaming experience when it creates something:

…the pure thing about what Nintendo does, is they think about games, and they think about their hardware and their platform all as one thing, and build those experiences – and I know the teams there pretty well – and I think it’s magical the way they’re able to create a complete Nintendo experience on their devices, and this experience I’m looking at right here, in my hands, on my Switch, is Anoimal Crossing. From the Switch running it to the game itself to the way you go to other peoples islands…

Spencer also said that the industry should ‘protect’ Nintendo because the company is ‘masterful’ at what it does:

In entertainment business, you know, most things don’t turn out to be huge successes so there always has to be some amount of surprise, but Nintendo is just masterful at what they do, and I’ve said it before, I think they have the strongest first party pedigree out there and strength, and they’re a jewel for us in the games industry and something we should protect.

Spencer has said plenty of lovely things about Nintendo in the past, but sadly it doesn’t look like his admiration for the company is going to get us Game Pass on Switch any time soon. Boo.


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