Nintendo's president, Satoru Iwata, has said that Nintendo considered the approaches Sony and Microsoft have taken toward motion control and rejected them.
The Financial Times reports
that it was told by Iwata that "his company had made experimental games controlled by camera-based sensors, but got better results with the accelerometers it eventually chose to use for its Wii console."Sony's wand controller
uses optical location detection, while Microsoft's Project Natal
has no peripheral to hold at all - though there looks to have been some trickery involved in the video demo released
Iwata also offered the FT
some less passive aggressive, more modest words.
On building on the Wii's success, Iwata said
, “First, we never use the word ‘success’. When overseas subsidiaries put ‘success’ in draft releases we tell them to delete it.
“Also, there are things that we did through ability, and things that were luck. You know, Nintendo was lucky. I was confident that expanding the gaming population was the right idea, but to actually do it in three to four years was incredibly lucky.”