PlayStation Exec Owns Two Wii Us, Loves the New Mario

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We already knew he had one, but Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Computer Entertainment's Worldwide Studios, actually owns two Wii Us.


Last month, Yoshida appeared as a guest on the Japanese multi-media internet talk show, Kurokawa Juku. After general talks, the host opened the floor to questions from the audience, and that's where a reporter from Japanese game magazine Game Lab asked Yoshida why the Wii U sales numbers were so poor.

The question wasn't exactly on topic (Yoshida and a second guest, Keiji Inafune, were talking about indie games) but Yoshida kept his composure and replied, "I own 2 Wii Us, myself."

Yoshida went on, saying, "The latest Mario game is really good, too. I think the Wii U is just getting started." Yes, that was the president of SCE Worldwide praising the Wii U. These things do happen.

Despite his position as a high-ranking exec at Sony, Yoshida didn't let that stop him from giving his frank and positive opinion of rival competitor, Nintendo. "People can get together and enjoy [the Wii U], it's got plenty of wonderful games." Yoshida said. "Nintendo helps raise and teaches the fun of games to people just starting out. I think that's a very important thing in this industry."

It's pretty cool when someone in a position like Yoshida's can remind us that it's not all about single-minded brand loyalty. That said, my opinion of Sony did go up a few notches because of him.


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This is what we need to hear more of. This "console war" thing is stupid. If all succeed, we ALL win.