Mark Cerny Hopes Sony Can Match Nintendo’s Legacy


Whether you are a PlayStation or Xbox fanboy, you cannot deny that Nintendo’s longevity deserves not only respect, but also praise.  Through the years, we have seen the likes of Sega, TurboGrafix, and Atari disappear form the console business.  Only Neo Geo has somehow stayed around as long as Nintendo, although they have hid in the shadows mostly.

Mark Cerny, Lead Architect for Sony and the PS4, recently spoke at Gamelab in Spain, where he vocalized his admiration for Nintendo’s Journey since it began creating video game art.  He also stated that he hopes Sony’s core group of personnel will remain together as ling as Nintendo’s and impact the world of gaming just as much in the future.

“I have a great friend who lives in Kyoto in the eastern part of Japan. He runs a developer there and he’s worked with both Sony Computer Entertainment and Nintendo over the years, and he says that what he respects the most about Nintendo is the incredible continuity they have in the form of a core group of individuals that has now worked together for over 30 years.”

I admire that Mark Cerny had the nerves to speak about one of its strongest competitors in such a positive manor.  In this age of gaming, it seems that everyone wants to make excuses as to why they are better, even if it is unjustified.  But Cerny too an alternate approach and showed his admiration for Nintendo, I find that very honorable.  I do love a little bit of the casual console war, here and there to get fans pumped about a product, but there is something about the friendly competition that gets me just as pumped.

Let’s not forget that Sony and Nintendo were once considered partners in the gaming industry.  It wasn’t until Sony took Nintendo’s CD technology and refined it with the PSOne that they became competitors.

Do you think that Mark Cerny’s positive comments will impact Sony and/or Nintendo sales, even just a little (I would consider his words an endorsement of the Nintendo product)?  Sony and Nintendo’s core gamers could be considered a completely different audience from one another.  Hypothetically, how would you feel about a “partnership” between the two, focused at battling Xbox One’s launch (there is no right or wrong answer here, just opening discussion)?  Do you have more respect for Sony, after Cerny’s comment?

6 Responses to Mark Cerny Hopes Sony Can Match Nintendo’s Legacy

  1. Thomas says:

    I have respect and admiration for Henry Ford, but I wouldn’t buy a model T. Cerny has no reservations about complementing Nintendo because he knows they are irrelevant, at least with regards to consoles. Nintendo is still the leader with handhelds but that is a dying market. My son hasn’t touched his 3DS since getting an iPad.

  2. Brian Foster says:

    @Thomas Ouch!

    I think any compliment from a Sony person is some sort of hidden insult.

  3. The Adza says:

    My son barely touches his 3DS since I got him an iPhone. Seriously, the absolute rubbish I see him playing on it is beyond belief. Yet I am playing my 3DS more and more. I’m sure once Pokemon comes out that will change somewhat. There is going to be a market for the handheld space. I just hope it can hold on. I love my 3DS.

  4. Diagoras87 says:

    It was Sony and Phillips who invented the CD format. Sony was only developing a CD add-on for Nintendo. To imply that they got CD tech from Nintendo is inaccurate. There are additional links in both of those Wikipedia articles if anyone would prefer sources.

  5. EdEN says:

    Guess you guys need to do some better parenting hahaha.

    My daughter plays with her DS (still too young for a 3DS) and loves Super Mario Galaxy 2. On iOS, she plays Cut the Rope a bit, but it doesn’t take her attention away from Mario.

  6. Mary Griffin says:

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