Over the years and after the advent of online console gaming, Nintendo has been extremely reluctant to jump in, and when it finally did, the result was something as clumsy and outdated as what came to be known as the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
Now that the japanese firm has stated they’re aiming the hardcore crowd with Wii U, hopes are high that we’ll finally be getting an XBL-like experience on the upcoming console. Well, try not to get your hopes so high, because according to an interview with MTV, Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto made clear they don’t see themselves as direct competitors in the online gaming department.
“We’re not going to sit here and say that our goal is to become the number one online gaming company, because that’s not our goal.
“But, understanding that the types of experiences our consumers like to play do often contain elements to them that can be improved or may even require an online connection and also knowing that the system is going to have a browser I think suggests that obviously internet and internet connectivity is going to be very important for the system.”
That, of course, doesn’t mean we’ll get the same outdated experience we got on Wii and NDS, as the system will reportedly let us pair up with friends in a way reminiscent to the one found on X360 and PS3, and we’ll be able to see what our contacts are playing and how.