Fri, Jun 24, 2011 | 08:07 BST
Miyamoto: Best online experience not Nintendo’s goal
Shigeru Miyamoto says crafting the best online experience is not Nintendo’s plan, although connectivity is important for the Wii U
“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,” the famed designer told MTV Multiplayer.
“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 is an ideas man, and he’s got plenty for the Wii U’s online side.
“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,” he suggested.
“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.”
Although Nintendo has copped a lot of flack for its less-then-stellar online console experiences so far, Miyamoto is proud of one thing.
“We have introduced Miis to the world and everyone will hopefully have their own Mii, so obviously I think there’s possibilities along those lines there,” he said. “And I will say that this is a system that will have a great deal of appeal for its online connectivity.”