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Report: Nintendo UK's Yarnton Criticizes Sony For Copying

Report: Nintendo UK's Yarnton Criticizes Sony For Copying

May 19, 2006 | By Jason Dobson

May 19, 2006 | By Jason Dobson
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In a report posted on the online edition of British trade paper MCV, Nintendo UK General Manager David Yarnton has commented on Sony's new motion-sensing controller unveiled at E3 for the PlayStation 3, suggesting aggressively that the company not only copied Nintendo in this instance, but also several times in the past.

Yarnton also pointed out Sony's shift regarding the Wii's unique controller from when it was first unveiled at the Tokyo Game Show in 2005. "I'd love to dig up some old Phil Harrison comments and say 'hang on a second - six months ago when we launched our controller you said one thing, and now why are you doing this?'" commented Yarnton.

The Nintendo UK executive also went on to insinuate that Sony's new controller technology is just the latest in what has become a habit of of copying Nintendo's innovations, stating: "I don't know what their decision making process is but I think if you look back, any innovation that has come in gameplay has come from us."

He also commented on the lack of force feedback in Sony's new controller, blaming patent issues for the reason why it was cut out of the design. "We know Sony have had a lot of issues with their rumble feature and they've had to withdraw it - because they didn't innovate, they copied," sniped Yarnton.

The MCV report concluded with Yarnton's assertion that Nintendo is an innovator in the video game marketplace, stating, "With Nintendo, I'm trying to think of anything we've copied... but I can't."


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