Square Enix favors Nintendo over Sony and Microsoft

Square Enix Chief executive Yoichi Wada believes the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 are too complex, while the Nintendo Wii is the ideal game platform for Square Enix games.  

The hardware power of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are "over-engineered" and "there are too many specs -- and you also need a high-definition TV, a broadband connection, and a deep knowledge of gaming--these consoles are mismatched to today's environment.  In a year or two years, they will fare better," Wada added.

Video game development costs have continued to increase, and game developers are now more likely to pick one or two platforms rather than provide games for all of them. “In the old days, we could just focus on the PlayStation or (Nintendo) GameBoy, but the environment has changed completely," said Wada.

Both gamers and analysts were surprised when Square Enix announced in December that Dragon Quest IX: Guard of the Starry Night -- the latest game in the Draqon Quest series -- would be exclusively for the Nintendo DS, many were surprised -- especially since the previous games were so popular on the PlayStation and PlayStation 2 game consoles.  The game series is not overly popular in the United States, but is one of the most popular series in Japan.

Even though the hardware in the Nintendo Wii cannot compete with the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the Wiii has been able to draw in casual gamers who traditionally most likely wouldn't be playing video games at all.

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