Game screenwriter and journalist Gary Whitta has had some delightful friends Crossing of animals-with Twitch theme Animal speech, and the latest episode featured one of Xbox’s most profiled game executives – Phil Spencer.
Spencer has not hidden his respect for Nintendo in the past, and as you can imagine, he had many nice things to say about the Kyoto veteran during his time on the show.
He took time to praise the fact that Nintendo considers the whole gaming experience when creating something:
… the pure thing about what Nintendo does, do they think about games, and they think about their devices and their platform all as one thing, and they build those experiences ̵1; and I know the teams there quite well – and I think it’s magical the way they are able to create a full Nintendo experience on their devices, and that experience I’re looking at here, in my hands, on my Switch, is Anoimal Crossing. From Switch directing it to the game itself on how to go to other peoples islands …
Spencer also said the industry should ‘protect’ Nintendo because the company is ‘masterful’ at what it does:
In the entertainment business, you know, most things do not turn out to be big successes, so there should always be some surprises, but Nintendo is just masterful at what they do, and I’ve said it before, I think they have a stronger first party background there and strength, and they are a jewel to us in the gaming industry and something we need to protect.
Spencer has said quite a few lovely things about Nintendo in the past, but unfortunately it does not look like his admiration for the company will take us Game Pass on Switch any time soon. Boo.