Miyamoto Speaks of Wii U's Online, Not Aiming to Become Number One

By 26.06.2011 7

Miyamoto Speaks of Wii U

Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto recently sat down with MTV to discuss the Wii U and how the company will improve when it comes to online on the system. So far, details on the Wii U's online capabilities have been hazy, with various different answers given as to how it will work. Miyamoto has now clarified some information on the companies direction with online gaming.

According to Miyamoto, the company won't be aiming to become a number one online gaming company. Their main focus is understanding the experiences that their consumers like to play, which often includes online gameplay options. The fact that the Wii U features an internet browser shows that internet connectivity is going to be an important part of the Wii U, he also mentioned.

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.

Miyamoto then went on to talk about how internet connectivity could improve the Wii U experience. He talked about expanding the idea of local multiplayer within the same-room and integrating with online, which Mario Kart Wii did. Another idea he explained would use the Wii U controller, by connecting online, you could then look at what your friends are playing or see what TV they're watching.

For example, there are opportunities to take advantage of online to expand a local, same-room multiplayer experience by connecting that to the internet and making new types of play that way. Also by having the smaller screen, being able to go online and perhaps see what game your friend is playing or see what TV they're watching, I think there's a lot of possibilities for how you could use that. Certainly internet functionality is something that will be important for the system.

Nintendo are still very much about keeping their online fun and safe for everyone and that won't be changing, according to Miyamoto.

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In before everyone taking that quote too seriously and freaking out. Smilie

Yeah I read this somewhere on another site. I don't care if Nintendo's future online setup is the best, but I do hope that it's a lot better than what we've been given in the past.

Actualy, I dont see the quote matching the headline really.
Depends what "#1" actualy means, its a vague term.

I do know I like the 3DS online features a lot. Its really just missing a messaging system.

Being able to pause a game and browse the internet (or use the camera) is a significant difference/advantage from the competition, one I'm sure will be copied.


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First thing that came to mind. Why in the world is MTV interviewing Miyamoto?

But anyways, I don't really mind the online too much, not being that avid of an online gamer.

It would be really cool if you could go online and view a stream on the controller of what your friends are playing. Maybe get a voice chat going whilst watching them play their game or something.

Bit sceptical of the voice chat through the controller over a headset though. Will probably buy my own headset instead.

This article has got to be atleast 3 days late because about 3 days ago or maybe longer I read an article about the same exact topic but on IGN.com, which explained it better (in my opinion)

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The online on the Wii was functional. The online on the DS... sure, once I got a router that didn't want to keep my DS out of bussiness.

As for the quote, I read it as "we won't be charging for Online as MS does but we won't have an integrated account system like the hacked mess of Sony".

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