Nintendo disagrees with Microsoft's DRM policies


Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Mario, has said Nintendo will not follow Microsoft's DRM policies.

Since finally announcing its digital rights management requirements of its upcoming Xbox One console, Microsoft's faced a bevy of criticism from both gamers and gaming companies. Shigeru Miyamoto, an executive at Nintendo best known for creating Mario, has now thrown Nintendo's hat into the ring, saying the Japanese company doesn't believe in restrictive DRM.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Miyamoto said Nintendo believes gamers should have access to their games for as long as they desire, without restrictions. By comparison, Microsoft's Xbox One requires users to connect their consoles to the Internet once every 24 hours or games will be inaccessible. Additionally, Xbox One games can only be given away one time and can't be borrowed by another player. The console also restricts the sale of used games to approved third-party stores, though publishers have the final say if games can be traded in.

"What's really important is viewing Nintendo almost like a toy company, where we're making these things for people to play with," Miyamoto said. "As a consumer, you want to be able to keep those things for a long time and have those things from your youth that you can go back to and experience again."

Nintendo launched its Wii U gaming console late last year without DRM policies such as those found in the Xbox One. When Microsoft and Sony's new consoles are released later this year, the Xbox One will be the only of the three major consoles to feature significant DRM changes from the current generation of consoles.

Prior to the conference's start earlier this week, Microsoft proclaimed its E3 presence would be dominated by games, though the majority of the publicity the company's received has been negative reactions to its DRM policies. Sony took a shot at Microsoft by showing a tongue-in-cheek video when it announced the PlayStation 4 wouldn't feature restrictive DRM practices. Sony's announcement was met with a standing ovation from attendees of its press conference.

Source: Eurogamer | Image via Nintendo

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Except Nintendo's digital download DRM is even worse. Their stuff is locked to your HARDWARE, not to your account. I don't see how that's consumer friendly at all.

Everyone is jumping on the "we don't do DRM" bandwagon. You'd think MS would have had some kind of rebuttal ready for all of this. They need to drive home the pros of their system but it's all hop on pop right now. I guess they'll wait till the dust settles a little? They need to hurry it up.

Windows 8 and now this. And to think I was once a Microsoft evangelist. I hope Microsoft gets the beating of a lifetime for their arrogance.

thenonhacker said,
I want Sony Music and Sony Pictures to follow Sony Playstation's DRM-free stance.

Then we'll talk.

Amen, brother. Amen!

pmdci said,
Windows 8 and now this. And to think I was once a Microsoft evangelist. I hope Microsoft gets the beating of a lifetime for their arrogance.

And by the way, no rape joke intended in my previous comment.

Here is the thing, it doesn't matter if it is Sony or Nintendo, they will both disagree with Microsoft. They are using this as leverage to gain on Microsoft even though they know that publishers are having issues with second hand games. It is just up to the publishers now if they want to create their own DRM.

Nobody cares what Nintendo's position on the next-gen consoles is, as it's not even competing with Microsoft or Sony. The Wii U has the same power as the X360 / PS3, only it's a) more expensive, b) has a fraction of the games, c) has a gimmicky controller and d) has poor online functionality.

Even though the Wii U is a 'next gen console'. It is not in the same league as Sony and Microsoft. Mainly cause they cater (pretty much only) the casual gamer market.

theyarecomingforyou said,
Nobody cares what Nintendo's position on the next-gen consoles is, as it's not even competing with Microsoft or Sony. The Wii U has the same power as the X360 / PS3, only it's a) more expensive, b) has a fraction of the games, c) has a gimmicky controller and d) has poor online functionality.

I bet you've never even tried it and you're just spewing your made-up fanboy information. Even though your fanboy mentality may not want to believe it, the Wii outsold the 360 and PS3 by a long shot last gen, they'll do it again this gen too.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
I bet you've never even tried it and you're just spewing your made-up fanboy information.

No I haven't, nor do I need to. As I stated, it is underpowered and overpriced with a gimmicky controller and poor games support - nothing I said was made up and I challenge you to prove otherwise.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
Even though your fanboy mentality may not want to believe it, the Wii outsold the 360 and PS3 by a long shot last gen, they'll do it again this gen too.

I never disputed the success of the Wii. However, the Wii U has significantly underperformed market expectations and its sales have been lower than even the worst period for the PS3, X360, Wii, Xbox or PS2. Major publishers like EA aren't even developing games for it. It has so far been a disaster and the X1 and PS4 are yet to even launch.

Also, how dare you accuse me of being a fanboy. I have no loyalty to ANY console / manufacturer, having never owned one and having no desire to do so. Therefore when I criticise the Wii U it's not because I'm trying to defend Microsoft or Sony - it's because the Wii U is worthy of criticism. Your vitriolic attack was completely unwarranted and demonstrates that you cannot be objective about this matter.

gimmicky controller

Completely subjective.
poor games support

The console has only been out for a few months. Wait until the heavy hitters start being released.
No I haven't, nor do I need to

lol? Yes, you do need to, to form an actual opinion on the matter.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
Completely subjective.

But not "made-up", as you claimed. As I expected, you have tried to change the subject rather than accept that you were wrong.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
The console has only been out for a few months. Wait until the heavy hitters start being released.

The original Wii was a huge success from launch, while the Wii U has performed worse than than any recent console in their entire lifecycle. Nintendo has slashed the price of the Wii U several times and it has done little to improve sales. And as I pointed out, the X1 and PS4 aren't even out yet - they're the real competition, along with the already well-selling X360 and PS3. The Wii U is an overpriced current-gen console with a limited games catalogue. It was designed to appeal to casual gamers rather than core gamers but they simply aren't interested.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
lol? Yes, you do need to, to form an actual opinion on the matter.

What utter nonsense. I don't need to eat at McDonald's to comment on its business model or consumer appeal or own a house to comment on its construction and market value, just like I don't need to own a Wii U to criticise Nintendo's business model. The Wii U is a failure at a business level - it has weak specs (not in dispute), it has poor game support (not in dispute), it is overpriced in comparison to the competition (not in dispute) and it has incredibly limited storage for a modern console (not in dispute). My claims relate to the technical specs and market performance, not subjective matters like enjoyability or "wow factor" (which would depend on having used the console).

But not "made-up", as you claimed. As I expected, you have tried to change the subject rather than accept that you were wrong.

Except I wasn't wrong. Try again.
The original Wii was a huge success from launch, while the Wii U has performed worse than than any recent console in their entire lifecycle. Nintendo has slashed the price of the Wii U several times and it has done little to improve sales. And as I pointed out, the X1 and PS4 aren't even out yet - they're the real competition, along with the already well-selling X360 and PS3. The Wii U is an overpriced current-gen console with a limited games catalogue.

Already addressed this point. Read:
The console has only been out for a few months. Wait until the heavy hitters start being released.

It was designed to appeal to casual gamers rather than core gamers but they simply aren't interested.

Actually, they are going to have releases which are aimed for "core gamers". Do some research.
What utter nonsense. I don't need to eat at McDonald's to comment on its business model or consumer appeal or own a house to comment on its construction and market value, just like I don't need to own a Wii U to criticise Nintendo's business model.

Terrible, terrible analogies.
The Wii U is a failure at a business level - it has weak specs (not in dispute),

The Wii had lower specs than the competition too, and as you know, the Wii blew away the competition. So what's your point?
it is overpriced in comparison to the competition (not in dispute)

Still cheaper than the next-gen consoles to be released soon, yet more expensive than current (older) generation. Did you expect it to be cheaper than current-gen?
incredibly limited storage for a modern console (not in dispute).

External HDs up to 2TB can be used.
My claims relate to the technical specs and market performance, not subjective matters like enjoyability or "wow factor" (which would depend on having used the console).

Remember when you said this?
has a gimmicky controller

Not a technical or market point, "gimmicky" is subjective.

Nintendo digital purchases are tied to your console. If your Wii U breaks, you have to wait for a replacement/buy another one, and then call Nintendo so they can transfer licences to your new Wii U. That's the worst kind of DRM ever.

I find this funny. What was he going to say, "We fully support this move and hope by doing so we can garner some more negative attention to our already poorly selling console"

Not even a knock on Nintendo, sales are sure to pick up, but only a fool would join Microsoft's parade right now.

One of the many reasons why I think the WiiU is a great console. This is also why EA are not developing for the WiiU, think about it. To EA the only way the WiiU will be a "Viable" platform is if Nintendo uses DRM.

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