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Being The Number One Online Gaming Company: Not Nintendo’s Goal

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Nintendo has been extremely reluctant to jump in, and when it finally did, the result was something as clumsy and outdated as what came to be known as the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.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That, of course, doesn’t mean we’ll get the same outdated experience we got on Wii and NDS, as the system will reportedly let us pair up with friends in a way reminiscent to the one found on X360 and PS3, and we’ll be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.

Source: MTV, Eurogamer, Escapist Magazine

Ghost Recon Online is still looking pretty awesome

 

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  • That article’s title is very misleading.  Miyamoto did not say that online gaming was not a priority.  He said that they’re not aiming to be the number one gaming online company.  There’s a difference there.  They’ve said online gaming is a priority to them, saying how important online gaming was for the Wii U before this last quote.  They said they want to bring a more local multiplayer-like experience to online gaming and do some things that even Xbox Live isn’t doing.  It doesn’t mean they won’t provide a great online service, it just means that to try to be #1 in that department is not their goal.  But it just may happen anyways.  From what Peter Moore for EA had to say about his meetings with Nintendo, he was optimistic about what he learned about it, basically showing Nintendo to be modest with that claim.

    • Anonymous

      I have to agree. I wouldnt jump to the conclusion that its “not a priority” based on this interview. Online gaming is mainly competitive, and by saying Nintendo is not looking to be number one, I would assume he is talking about replacing Xbox and PS3 when it comes to dedicated competitive play such as Halo or COD where people mainly play to win.

      Miyamoto emphases experiences in games not points or winning, and Nintendo’s alignment with the casual gamer echos that sentiment. Online capabilities could be a very big part of the Wii U when it comes to connecting friends for this online “split-screen” play that Miyamoto mentions (Which sounds like a cooperative mode) where it could enhance the traditional single player experience. However expecting matchmaking or stat tracking from the Wii U’s online system is probably not likely.

  • That article’s title is very misleading.  Miyamoto did not say that online gaming was not a priority.  He said that they’re not aiming to be the number one gaming online company.  There’s a difference there.  They’ve said online gaming is a priority to them, saying how important online gaming was for the Wii U before this last quote.  They said they want to bring a more local multiplayer-like experience to online gaming and do some things that even Xbox Live isn’t doing.  It doesn’t mean they won’t provide a great online service, it just means that to try to be #1 in that department is not their goal.  But it just may happen anyways.  From what Peter Moore for EA had to say about his meetings with Nintendo, he was optimistic about what he learned about it, basically showing Nintendo to be modest with that claim.

  • 3rf4rf

     Another hack editor trying to get his broke ass some hits on his website by sensationalizing titles.

    pathetic

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