Miyamoto: Best online experience not Nintendo’s goal

Friday, 24th June 2011 00:16 GMT By Brenna Hillier

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.”

Thanks, GameInformer.



  1. ultramega

    Very disheartening news about the WiiU, as always.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Telepathic.Geometry

    The reality is that this is no big problem. From where Nintendo is now, building a network superior to Live or PSN is basically impossible. Also, I don’t care that much about online, I just need my messaging service, my friends list, trophy support and to be able to play online with the odd game, like Demon’s Souls or Portal 2.

    But once again, we have Nintendo talking about what Wii U can’t do.

    Is this a deliberate PR trick? Seems like speaking negatively all the time is a ploy to lower people’s expectations so that whatever they do later reveal seems like a happy surprise…

    #2 4 years ago
  3. OlderGamer

    In my mind online performance was one of the top concerns I had going to Nintendos next system. They really need to rethink it a bit more. So no biggie for a Mario or Zelda game, but 3rd parties build their franchises around online play.

    Will be a big shot in the foot to not have something at least on par with Xboxones Online structure.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Joe_Gamer

    Knock knock
    Nintendo: Who’s there?
    The future
    Nintendo: Go away, no ones home

    #4 4 years ago
  5. ASBI

    it feels like they’re telling us to hate this console more. srsly every now and then he keeps showing us what this console CANT do, is it some sort of new marketing techniques ?

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Clupula

    I’m just waiting for them to say that, no, the Wii U will not run on traditional power and you’ll have to constantly operate a treadmill to keep the system running. I mean, is there anything else they can tell us at this point that the system won’t do?

    #6 4 years ago
  7. sb319

    Mission accomplished!

    #7 4 years ago
  8. GwynbleiddiuM

    This encouraged me to dislike Nintendo even more.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. IL DUCE

    Two words: EPIC FAIL!!!!

    Everything is about connectivity and online gaming these days…as usual, Nintendo is at least 5 years behind their competitors if not more in regards to online console capabilities…

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Len


    #10 4 years ago
  11. carp

    You’re tearing me apart miyamoto, but I’ll still love you for your 1st party games and COUCH MULTIPLAYERS. God I love having physical friends.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. ExxonValdez

    so the WiiU is only gonna support one WiiU controller, it doesn’t play any other media like DVD or Blueray and its online isn’t gonna be as good? I guess I’m not getting the next Nintendo console.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. macromanjr

    It’s funny how the writer equated “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” as meaning “Best online experience not Nintendo’s goal.” Miyamoto didn’t say that the best experience was not their goal. There’s a difference in saying that and saying “we’re not trying to be #1 in the industry there.”

    He said they weren’t aiming to be leader in the industry as the number one online gaming company. Doesn’t mean the service won’t be good. And this not being the goal would make some sense for Nintendo. Surely, Xbox Live and PSN will still probably have a stronger following and on top over Wii U’s service in numbers, even if the Wii U’s online service is excellent. They are both millions of users strong and have years of head start on Nintendo here. Aiming at topping these services as the goal of your first online service WOULD be foolish. If you manage to do it, then great, but you don’t come out with the cocky claim of replacing them as the leaders.

    They’ve talked about a lot of work going into their online experience, but talk about striking a balance for online experiences for the core gamers and the less-than-core gamers. Particularly, the idea of pushing DLC in new ways, having gamers being able to see what games their friends are playing, incorporating some kind of social network features with the likes of Facebook, and apparently this “local, same-room multiplayer” experience with their online gaming. They admitted that their handling of online with Wii was due to inexperience, so they hired an external experienced company to handle the online implementation for them. Is this any indication of a great online experience? I don’t know. Who DOES know what will really see on Wii U in 2012? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

    I think it’s WAY too early to make judgments about this thing. Miyamoto said here that online gaming is important for Wii U, but trying to becoming the leading online gaming company in the industry is apparently NOT their primary goal. That’s all we can really take from this interview. I think people are jumping to some rather crude assumptions too quickly here.

    @ ExxonValdez:

    Wii U CAN support more than one Wii U controller. It doesn’t plays Blu-ray or DVD because they’re using a proprietary 25GB disc, but Netflix will be available for your movie needs, and this keeps the console’s cost low. And this article said NOTHING about how good or bad the online service is.

    #13 4 years ago

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