Microsoft’s Phil Spencer full of praise for Nintendo

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Microsoft may be wrestling with their own next-gen ambitions with Xbox One, that hasn’t stopped Microsoft Game Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer from sharing plenty of praise for Nintendo’s own output.

Having already gushed about Sony’s stellar efforts in launching the PlayStation 4, Spencer shared his belief that Nintendo’s first-party studios are an “amazing asset.”

“Nintendo, I think – and there’s some argument about this – that their first-party is such an amazing asset. Their first party studios and IP can lead what they do as a company and the platforms are almost in service to the IP – not in a bad way,” Spencer discussed with Official Xbox Magazine.

“They have such iconic stories, and this will seem somewhat random, but when we go back and do something like Killer Instinct, a little bit of the history of your franchise can actually be important part of people feeling connected. Obviously the history of Killer Instinct isn’t a history on Xbox, but it’s Rare’s history and I think the reaction when we announced it on-stage at E3 showed that playing to the people’s heart, I think Nintendo does that as well as anybody in terms of hitting the franchises and having huge success with them.”

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After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.

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