Microsoft loves the Wii U. Sort of.

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Mostly because it means it’ll be the recipient of ported Xbox 360 games – giving Microsoft’s own console a longer shelf life. In an exercise on “how to say nice things but be disparaging at the same time,” Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has praised Nintendo’s new hardware – by saying it’s practically a 360.

“I think their Pro Controller makes a lot of sense with the platform they’ve built,” he said to GI.”They are building a platform that is effectively a 360 when you think of graphical capability,” he said. “Now they are really making an on-ramp for the back catalog of games that are on 360. It is easy for those games to move over the Wii U. They’ve moved the buttons around, and they’ve made a controller that feels familiar for 360 gamers, so I get why they are putting those pieces together.”

He also believes something was missing from Nintendo’s presentation; a heavy hitting first party Nintendo title.

“I would have loved to see Zelda or Metroid or some of my favorite Nintendo franchises, which I didn’t see,” he said.

Last Updated: July 4, 2012

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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