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Nintendo: We still don't want to be number one online

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The Wii U, says Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, “is a system that will have a great deal of appeal for its online connectivity." That ought to relieve many Nintendo fans feeling let down by the company's approach to network play with the Nintendo Wii. While Miyamoto agrees that the internet is a big part of Nintendo's plans for the future (you know, it being after 1990 and all), he stresses that the company's not looking to become kings of the online hill anytime soon.

“We're not going to sit here and say that our goal is to become the number one online gaming company,” Miyamoto told MTV, while stressing that “certainly internet functionality is something that will be important for the [Wii U].” The Nintendo guru's off-the-cuff speculations displayed a virtue Nintendo has become increasingly known for – a unique degree of innovation, here hinted at through sideways upgrades like internet-enabled local play. But his refusal to discuss the absence of more standard features speaks to a stubbornness which often marred that innovation. For instance, Miyamoto's eager to take credit for the ubiquity of Mii-type avatars – “everyone will hopefully have their own Mii... there's possibilities along those lines [for the Wii U]” – but won't confirm Ubisoft's assertion that friend codes and system-specific accounts won't feature on the system.

“A key word for Nintendo in the online sphere has been creating an experience that's comfortable for all players,” says Miyamoto, which is actually eight words, and hints that while online play on the Wii U will surely be new and exciting, it might also be frustrating for some (“all players” being common industry code for “the very young, old and mentally febrile”). What do you think – are you willing to give Nintendo's eccentric genius the benefit of the doubt?

Jun 27, 2011



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25 comments

  • RedOutlive10 - June 29, 2011 4:44 a.m.

    So the Wii U will crash and burn, because top notch online content is a must nowadays.
  • Spybreak8 - June 29, 2011 3:38 a.m.

    "and hints that while online play on the Wii U will surely be new and exciting, it might also be frustrating for some" Damn right those blue shells are bull sheit! ^^
  • LOZ4EVAH - June 28, 2011 8:27 p.m.

    I am gonna buy the Wii U. I am hoping they establish on-line dominance and no matter what Zelda, Mario, and the rest of the Smash Bro. gang won't dissapoint.
  • BurntToShreds - June 28, 2011 6:23 p.m.

    No, I am not willing to give them another shot. Their online services have just been plain unwieldy.
  • Limbo - June 28, 2011 3:36 p.m.

    As long as friend codes are out and universal accounts/friends lists are in, I think I'll be content. And an easy to use online store like the Game Marketplace on the 360 with DLC and all that. Acheivements/Trophies would also be appreciated, but I could live without them.
  • n00b - June 28, 2011 2:37 p.m.

    i don't mind about the multiplayer. if its at least competent and can actually get you into matches then its fine. im more worried about the store and hope its not a mess and becomes a graveyard for good games (lostwinds, swords and soldiers, cave story anyone?)
  • lilbuddha - June 28, 2011 10:50 a.m.

    Well could your goal at least to be in the top 10 ? Nintendo's online blows.
  • rainmanruss - June 28, 2011 8:46 a.m.

    @ 510BrotherPanda You didn't like Other M? Do you mind if I ask why? And I'm curious, when did you start on the Metroid series? Have you played Fusion and Super Metroid?
  • rainmanruss - June 28, 2011 8:28 a.m.

    @ mylittlepwny0802 No, you're not. I think people are reading into the modesty of this statement, like an admission of an afterthought online structure.
  • metroid2099400 - June 28, 2011 5:10 a.m.

    @510BrotherPanda: My thoughts exactly! I love Nintendo for what they do in my living room, for myself and my friends, rather than for people around the world. As long as they can assure me that the system's power will be put to good use, I'll be happy to shell out the money. If I can play Mario Kart or Super Smash Brothers online as well, so much the better.
  • 510BrotherPanda - June 28, 2011 3:33 a.m.

    I'm not really much of an online player to begin with (I don't play multiplayer stuff ever, really)...so, even if I'm an avid video game person, Nintendo's lack of online dominance doesn't really bother me. As long as Nintendo still makes decent first party stuff, and doesn't screw it up like Other M, their stuff is still okay by me...
  • Linktoreality - June 28, 2011 3:17 a.m.

    I'm looking forward to it, I just hope I have the money for it when it comes out...
  • shawksta - June 28, 2011 3:10 a.m.

    * Im talking about Online Properties, not online Multiplayer ofcorse!
  • FunkyPickle - June 28, 2011 2:35 a.m.

    Good, they should mainly focus on their great singleplayer titles.
  • DaveGoose - June 28, 2011 2:25 a.m.

    Don care about online? Guess you don't care about my Money.
  • shadowreaper72 - June 28, 2011 2:19 a.m.

    I will probably buy a Wii U but I wont play multiplayer games on it still. Ill leave that for my PS3.
  • codystovall - June 28, 2011 2:19 a.m.

    Its easy not to lose if you dont play.
  • HankVenture - June 28, 2011 2:19 a.m.

    yes, you are. But really, I am looking forward to what they do with it. But my expectations are extremely low and am 99% sure I will not buy this anytime near release, maybe when they lower the price w/e it is
  • rainmanruss - June 28, 2011 8:44 a.m.

    @ mylittlepwny0802 No, you're not! I think people are reading into the modesty of this statement, like an admission of an afterthought online structure. This isn't Iwata saying customers don't want online games, I think Miyamoto's saying, it'll be there for the fans, but we're not trying to out-do XBOX LIVE. I don't play many games online so it's not the biggest deal in the world to me about the friend codes or whatever, but I do buy a lot of content online, mostly on PSN, and I think it's SO much better done. I've gone through 3 PSP's, yet everything I bought on PSN not only stays linked to my profile, but is on my PS3, ready to be loaded onto a new system. If my DSi breaks or gets lost, I'm fucked out of all the games I paid for, and if I buy a DSiXL I have to buy them again!?!? That's ridiculous. The eShop didn't fix that with DSiWare, so I'm not holding my breath.
  • BriNk581 - June 28, 2011 3:27 a.m.

    After seeing the 3DS' online capabilities. I think they can manage to pull off some decent online

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