While EA has expressed enthusiasm towards the Wii U, EA Labels boss Frank Gibeau believes that with Microsoft’s SmartGlass, pressure rests on Nintendo and their upcoming home console.
One part of his statement that stands out is, “Most likely, you already have a smartphone and you already have a 360, so it does a really good job of positioning for the platform and we’re very excited about it.” While this is certainly not true and SmartGlass will most likely require a Windows Phone, SmartGlass does not include buttons or thumbsticks, which gives the Wii U an advantage along with more possibilities than SmartGlass. Not to mention, The Wii U already comes with the Gamepad, as opposed to SmartGlass being an optional add-on.
“We love SmartGlass. I think it’s a killer initiative. I really like it a lot. It ties into what we’re trying to do as a company. What we’re trying to do as a developer of games is – we’re looking at multi-screen environments as being really key in what’s happening in gaming. You play games on your mobile. You play games on your PC. You play games on your console. So giving people more access points through multiple screens is a great thing.”
“It does definitely put positioning pressure on Nintendo because you don’t have to buy a new system. Most likely, you already have a smartphone and you already have a 360, so it does a really good job of positioning for the platform and we’re very excited about it.”