The success of the Nintendo Switch has generated a lot of positive fanfare for Nintendo. We’ve seen studio after studio, both large and small, praise the system for quite some time now. But, some praise has recently come from a source than some Nintendo fans might not really expect.
Peter Molyneux, a former executive at Electronic Arts, recently expressed his love for the Switch and even threw some genuine praise Nintendo’s way in a recent interview with Nintendo Life. There, he called Nintendo “genius” for taking unconventional approaches to console development. He noted that the company lost its way with the Wii U, but regained prominence with the Switch which he is an “enormous fan” of due to its hybrid functionality. Here’s the excerpt:
“This is the genius of Nintendo because time and time again, they go down an avenue and you think ‘Oh my god, what’s happening?’ I mean, I still love the GameCube, but you could argue that the GameCube wasn’t as strong as perhaps it should have been. Then they did the Wii, and then they come out with the Wii U and you think, ‘Nintendo’s lost it again’. But then they come out with something which really defines a platform, and that’s what the Switch is. I’m an enormous fan of the Switch because it so cleverly allows me to play games how I want to play games; I love the whole thing of being able to slap it down in its cradle and then being able to pick it up and take it with you when you’re done.”
Does EA love the Switch as much as Molyneux does?
Molyneux worked with EA for quite some time during the 90s and throughout the 2000s; he was even the vice president at one point. While it’s cool to see him show Nintendo some love, his former company seems to be on the other end of the spectrum.
EA has had a very awkward relationship with Nintendo ever since the Wii U era. The company only shipped four games on that platform. Although the Switch is doing far better, EA has only brought two FIFA titles over so far. It remains to be seen if that support will ever increase.