During E3 we posed the question “Did Microsoft steal Nintendo’s thunder” when they announced their Smart Glass product, a new service that lets players use their smart phones and tablets to enhance their games — which is quite simmilar to the LCD screen on Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U console. You know who’s not worried about it? Nintendo. During a conference call, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said that the fact that other companies are trying to mimic Nintendo’s new technology isn’t troubling at all, it’s encouraging:
The question is, is what they’re offering truly capable of doing everything that we’re offering? From what we have seen so far, it looks to us as if what they are able to offer really is only a small facet of what the Wii U is capable of.
We know that the core users who love playing video games like controllers that you hold with two hands. But what you don’t have on smartphones and tablets are the buttons and the control sticks that they prefer to use. Now, if they could hold a controller with two hands and hold a tablet or a smartphone with another hand, there would be no issue. Unfortunately, since it is not possible for humans to do that, you can’t play a game in a way you can play with the Wii U.
So what’s your verdict? Smart Glass or Wii U?