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Nintendo 3DS: The Sony NGP (PSP2) Will Be “Dead On Arrival” And 3DS Is “Gimmicky”

Neil Young, CEO of Ngmoco recently took centre stage at the Game Developers Conference to issue some rather devastating words to both Sony and Nintendo regarding their forthcoming portable games consoles.

“I think they are hurt; I think they’re clearly hurt. I think PSP is done and the new [NGP] is dead on arrival. It’s really difficult to compete with an app store that has hundreds of thousands of applications and a wide range of options where the average price paid is around $1.20 and there are tens, if not hundreds of thousands of free applications that are really high quality. So I just don’t think Sony’s going to be able to compete with that.”

“It’s not a PS3 quality experience… And in terms of getting broad adoption, having great processing power is not necessarily a prerequisite for great adoption in the marketplace. You need a range of things and what I think the iPod Touch and iPhone have been able to do is offer people Swiss army knife type functionality for a device that plays games really well.”

“I think Nintendo will likely be competitive. My personal opinion is that the 3D piece of the puzzle is kind of gimmicky. But Nintendo has great franchises and there are tens of millions of people who want to participate in those franchises, so that always helps.”

– Neil Young, CEO of Ngmoco

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34 thoughts on “Nintendo 3DS: The Sony NGP (PSP2) Will Be “Dead On Arrival” And 3DS Is “Gimmicky””

  1. I have an IPhone 4 and it wont be my main gaming device…EVER.
    Will be getting a 3DS but have no interest in the NGP.

    1. Exact same boat Blah! Love my iPhone for communication and organizational stuffs. Definitely replacing my DS with the 3DS which will be my main portable gaming console and my PSP is for the odd game that isn’t released for the DS.

  2. mobile phones and handheld game platforms have different audiences. the reason the NGP won’t be competitive has nothing to do with mobile app stores.idiots like this guy get on my nerves.

  3. I’m not ruling out the psp2 until I see a price point. if it’s affordable, it’ll sell. all they need to concentrate on after that is spacing out their hardcore titles and fill in the gaps with games for the casual market. standard stuff.

  4. what the hell is “Ngmoco”? and this guy is right about the PSP2, wrong about the 3DS. i have an iPhone, and while i occasionally play games on it, i still use my DS more, i will be getting a 3DS, but i hate the launch colors.

    1. @Raymond!
      Ngmoco is a company that makes lots of iOS app store games. Some are pretty good, actually, but I’ve never been able to keep one of those games (and most app store games) on my iPhone for more than a week before getting bored to death with them and deleting them, which is why I find it funny that he speaks so highly for his apps and the app store in general.

      What he doesn’t state is that you need a very expensive iDevice to even have access to these games and if you have a phone contract that technically makes it even more expensive. I wonder if he shot himself in the foot by stating this in terms of possibly getting some of his games onto the Nintendo 3DSware store.

  5. I agree with the NGP(not going to purchase. Always thought that.

    With the 3DS, how is 3D a gimmick? Does he think that of he PS3 3D games or movies gimmicky? The 3DS doesn’t even belong in this rant! It’s only here because he didn’t want to only rip on Sony! And its a big rabbit to chase just to arrive at Nintendo and the 3DS. And admitting it will sell well os a cop out!

  6. Well guess what Neil Young, I own an iPhone and all of your “games” are gimmicky and have very little appeal…Quote THAT

  7. I have a iPhone 4 and it does have REALLY good games and compete well with Nintendo, but I know I play Nintendo more often and purchase more games from them.

  8. I dont know who he thinks he is but if he thinks that iphone can rival the 3DS he is very mistaken. Plus apps are not as good and long as proper full price games so he should keep his opinions to himself. All he knows about is making lots of money, he wouldent know fun if it exploded in his face.

  9. Sigh… I won’t be able to get a 3ds until christmas but at least I’m getting pokemon black on sunday -_-

  10. I really disagree with this. When I first got my iPod Touch, I used a it a lot, and I did play a lot of games on it. But now, 6 months later, I barely use it all; I rarely even touch the games now. I don’t think the mobile gaming market is very serious, and it’s just not entertaining enough for hardcore gamers. The App Store will never be able to provide the same experience that a handheld can; especially not one as powerful as the 3DS.

    I do, however, agree with him on the PSP2 thing xD

  11. Whom is Neil Young kidding? Not sure about the PSP2 but, if they continue their region-locked policies, phones and all won’t have any future in third-world countries, the consoles’ contributing consumers. I still can’t buy Xbox LIVE game for my WP7, as good as some of them are. On the other hand, console games here are easy to find.

    Young shouldn’t mock the PSP2 just yet. Sony may be able to nail it, if their next console ends up having higher specs than the 3DS, and more and newer game releases. It’s still too early to tell.

    1. Right that’s why the ds outsold the psp because of the higher specs. Oh wait the psp had higher specs and failed. It’s not to early to tell (in my opinion) this is just a repeat of ds vs psp his different acronyms.

  12. That guy is definitely an idiot. I’ve got an iPhone 4 and i really like it. I like the camera, the handling, it’s design, the big amount of apps (even if most of them aren’t really useful), the retina display and so on. But theres one more thing.. the iPhone suck at: Gaming. Of course it isn’t only the iPhone, any smartphone is bad at gaming because no smartphone can replace thefeeling you get while playing psp or ds. It’s bullshit to praise smartphones at gaming because they CAN NOT compete with any mobile console from nintendo/sony. They don’t even have physical buttons, so it’s just awful to try playing. You may like such gameapps as FruitNinja or AngryBirds and indeed they are funny awhile but you can’t play them for days or even for weeks – while easily playing psp/ds games for days, weeks or even months. NGP will be successful and so will 3DS. They are both great devices, altough i think Nintendo takes advantage from their 3D innovation while sony “only” improved their graphics to a supposed “ps3 level.” (Which i can’t believe until i see it with my own eyes) Both great devices, (even if i like the 3DS a little bit more for now) and they are also both much better than any crappy smartphone out there. Smartphones (including playstation phone (Xperia Play) won’t replace or compete ever with such great devices as gameboy/psp/ngp/ds/3ds. This wannabe “CEO” of this wannabe “company” Ngmoco i haven’t heard before, should just shut his mouth.

  13. That guy is definitely an idiot. I’ve got an iPhone 4 and i really like it. I like the camera, the handling, it’s design, the big amount of apps (even if most of them aren’t really useful), the retina display and so on. But theres one more thing.. the iPhone suck at: Gaming. Of course it isn’t only the iPhone, any smartphone is bad at gaming because no smartphone can replace thefeeling you get while playing psp or ds. It’s bullshit to praise smartphones at gaming because they CAN NOT compete with any mobile console from nintendo/sony. They don’t even have physical buttons, so it’s just awful to try playing. You may like such gameapps as FruitNinja or AngryBirds and indeed they are funny awhile but you can’t play them for days or even for weeks – while easily playing psp/ds games for days, weeks or even months. NGP will be successful and so will 3DS. They are both great devices, altough i think Nintendo takes advantage from their 3D innovation while sony “only” improved their graphics to a supposed “ps3 level.” (Which i can’t believe until i see it with my own eyes) Both great devices, (even if i like the 3DS a little bit more for now) and they are also both much better than any crappy smartphone out there. Smartphones (including playstation phone (Xperia Play) won’t replace or compete ever with such great devices as gameboy/psp/ngp/ds/3ds. This wannabe “CEO” of this wannabe “company” Ngmoco i haven’t heard before, should just shut his mouth.

  14. Cheap ‘games’ is one thing but what about the longevity of a game?
    I’m still playing Mario Kart Super Circuit (GBA) for god’s sake.

    I have seen the app store on my bro’s iPhone and nothing is that interesting to me.

    I will get an iPhone when Nintendo stop making handhelds and start making games EXCLUSIVELY for Apple.

  15. this guy is talking out of his butt crack! he is an app developer so of course he will say this mis-informed crap. 3ds will be bigger than wii, mark my words, remember izzy told you :) and as far as the NGP, um, i think it will fail.

  16. The NGP is too new to judge just yet. We don’t have enough information to make any proper conclusions, so any statement given by a non-Sony executive should be considered premature and uninformed.

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    “But Nintendo has great franchises and there are tens of millions of people who want to participate in those franchises, so that always helps.”

    …yeah, man. Tens of millions of people interested in your product tends to help business :P

  17. I’m a nintendo fan and the 3ds will be a huge success, heck just look at the launch day in japan alone.
    But that doesn’t mean that the NGP will necessarily suck and sink like the titanic…. Those are two of the leading gaming companies and they both have great games to offer so i really don’t know wat’s this guy’s problem. Besides those games have QUALITY AND INNOVATION and most importantly the’re FUN unlike those app games that i’ll get bored with after 10 minutes…

  18. ugg I hope nintendo does not use this company for some 3dsware games! how can he compare an iPhone with a 3DS or NGP? this ones are desire for gaming and their games are high quality ones, the apple games, well, you get what you paid for, those games are about as hard as a facebook game and it doesn’t even have proper controls for them

    I am a nintendo fan, but as said above, is not like the NGP will be tbad, and I’m pretty sure it will better than any iDevice for gaming, even if my vote is for the 3DS…

  19. I love how the other news things have about 5-8 comments when I see them, and this has about 20.

    Regardless, I think that this guy is making excuses for the iPad 2.

  20. What the fuck does some nowhere phone game publisher have to say about real video games? Get that shit out.

  21. 3ds>NGP=DS>PSP nintendo has always been better with the handheld than sony but the 3ds gimmicky I doubt that. When I heard of the 3ds I almost fainted but with the NGP…(Criket noise) I have always preferred nintendo I grow up on nintendo!

  22. I have almost 300 hours on Pokemon Soul Silver. I’ve never even played a single iPhone “game” for more than 2 hours because replay value is nonexistent. And those are the GOOD ones. I’d have to buy 150 QUALITY iPhone “games” (of which there’s maybe 3 or 4 total) to match the hours I have put in on Pokemon alone. Why would I pay $150 for hundreds of pieces of garbage when I can pay $35 for one piece of quality?

    And people are arguing that this shit is a gaming device? What a crock.

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