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Take-Two chief: Kids 'embarrassed' by Wii

Take-Two CEO Ben Feder had some interesting things to say about the Wii, the PlayStation Move, and the embarrassment kids have in a Wii-only gaming environment.


Ben Feder, chief executive of game publisher Take-Two Interactive, believes kids are "graduating" to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. And in the process, he says, they will leave the Nintendo Wii behind them.

"What Sony and Microsoft have really done with Kinect and Move, especially Move, is provide a bridge for guys that are used to playing the Wii system with the wand and bring them over to an HD system," Feder told IGN in an interview this week.

Many consumers have been hoping for years that Nintendo would release an HD-capable version of its console. But so far, it hasn't. And Feder told IGN that Sony has capitalized.

"The PS3 with Move, in my view, is the Wii HD system," Feder said in the interview.

Feder contends that kids have "graduated" to more capable consoles. He said that his son only had a Wii when he was nine years old. But as a young teenager, he's "embarrassed" because he doesn't have an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. Feder believes his son isn't alone, and kids like him will buy a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 when motion-gaming peripherals for both consoles launch.

"[Nintendo] raised a generation of kids to play video games that are now growing up and wanting a true HD experience," Feder said.

Nintendo did not immediately respond to request for comment.