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Sony slams Nintendo DSi: 'for kids only'

Sony, the company behind the PlayStation 3 and PSP gaming devices, has laid into the Nintendo DSi handheld console, saying "there isn't much new with the DSi", which "continues to be limited" and appeals only to "the kids market".

According to Engadget, SCEA director of hardware marketing John Koller's blast on the Nintendo DSi also goes on to suggest that the PSP's upcoming line-up of games is superior, citing PSP games such as Assassin's Creed, LittleBigPlanet and Dissidia: Final Fantasy.

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The full statement is below:

"If Nintendo is really committed to reaching a broader, more diverse audience of gamers beyond the "kids" market that it has always engaged, there isn't much new with the DSi to support that. Significant gamer demographic groups are being ignored, and there continues to be limited opportunities for games from external publishers to do well on the DSi.

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"Compare that with the PSP platform, where we have many blockbuster franchises from our publishing partners launching this year, representing a wide variety of genres and targeting diverse demographics. Games such as Rock Band Unplugged from MTV Games, Assassin's Creed from Ubisoft, Dissidia Final Fantasy from Square Enix, and Hannah Montana from Disney demonstrate the commitment that publishers have to the PSP.

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"From our own first-party studios, we're launching unique versions of LittleBigPlanet and MotorStorm, and we're also planning a steady stream of downloadable games - both new titles and PSone classics - to add to the content that PSP owners can already purchase wirelessly through PlayStation Store."

THE VERDICT

Same old mud-slinging, but can you really blame Sony? The DS murders the PSP in hardware sales. I don't agree with this statement at all, but it is true that there are a bunch of huge new PSP games on the horizon.

Read the original news article on Engadget.

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Patrick Shaw writes for GamePro

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