Reggie elaborates on Wii U’s “flexible” online system

Tuesday, 5th July 2011 21:27 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

NOA president Reggie Fils-Aime has elaborated a bit on what exactly Nintendo president Satoru Iwata meant when he said Wii U’s online system will be “flexible”.

Speaking in an interview with Forbes, Fils-Aime here is what Reggie says Nintendo is planning for online:

“We’ve seen what our competitors have done, and we’ve acknowledged that we need to do more online, starting with the launch of our eShop on Nintendo 3DS, and we’re going to continue to build our online capability.For Wii U, we’re going to take that one step further, and what we’re doing is creating a much more flexible system that will allow the best approaches by independent publishers to come to bear.

“So instead of a situation where a publisher has their own network and wants that to be the predominant platform, and having arguments with platform holders, we’re going to welcome that. We’re going to welcome that from the best and the brightest of the third party publishers.

“We’ve said that the Wii U will have an extremely robust online experience. There will be other publishers talking about that as well, and from our perspective, we think it’s much more compelling for that information to come from the publishers than to come from us.”

Wii U has no release date yet, but it will be released sometime after April 2012.



  1. Stephany Nunneley

    In real people speak, if I am reading his quotes correctly, it means Nintendo is not going to invest the money in online network but allow publishes to maintain their own servers so everyone has to do things piecemeal.

    I seriously hope this does not mean we have to log into each company’s server with a different log in – because 1999 was so great they want to bring it back. If so, Prince would be so damn proud. *rolling eyes*

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Freek

    Nintendo has no experience building an online community, infact it would not be unreasonable to say that they don’t actually much like online play. But the reality is that they simply cannot ignore it. So they’re going: “what ever, you figure it out publishers!”. We already have double log ins for EA games, first Xbox Live then you’re EA account again, for no reason other then EA wants a piece of the action.
    Get ready for that to be even worse on Wii U.

    And you what? We’re all gonna complain about, we are all gonna hate it but: next gen Mario and next gen Zelda. Fuck you, Nintendo for making your games so compelling that we are all willing to putt up with your mountains of bullshit!
    They should probably have some sort of support group for abused Nintendo fans ;)

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Strandli

    That means: “Make your own god damn network, and we’ll include a port for the internet cable in the back.”

    If the 3DS is any indication, WiiU online will still be shit. eShop is just horrible, and Nintendo simply don’t, or refuse to, understand online gaming and it’s importance to gamers. It’s just horrible.

    And this response doesn’t suggest that is about to change. They don’t want to give the resources required to make a usable online service, even if they got the money and a potential gold mine. They would earn so much money from releasing old handheld classics for 3DS online, like on the Wii. But the store is shitty, and it hurts both Nintendo and the gamers.

    Nintendo doesn’t deserve shit with this attitude.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Razor

    Konami ID.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. The_Red

    The whole thing reminds me of online on PS2. Nintendo is really REALLY behind in online department and by the looks of things, they will remain there for the next few years as well.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. OlderGamer

    Does sound very good to me.

    But agains folks, don’t expect Nintendo to try and be another MS or Sony. We already have PS360. Lets see what does happen. Besides I don’t need OMP in every game ever made. Zelda deathmatch? No thanks.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Telepathic.Geometry

    What does what he said even FUCKING mean!? I absolutely adored Nintendo from the beginning, so if even I am now considering simply skipping them this generation, it must spell disaster for Nintys hopes for hardcore gamers.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Johnny Cullen

    @4 DON’T SAY THAT. :(

    #8 3 years ago
  9. rrw

    by some reason i see this story in here before :?

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Clupula

    If there is ever a man in the industry whose grotesque pumpkin head makes me not want to buy his products, it is this man.

    And the Konami ID worked so well in the early days of the PS3. Nobody complained about that, ever. Nope. Can’t recall a single one. Another day, another misstep by Nintendo on the Wii U.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. xino

    Konami id was a piece of sh*!

    i rented MGS4 and tried so hard to create an id, i dunno what happened but going through all that trouble i finally created one. In the end no one was playing the sh* online.

    Later i brought MGS4 used, tried to use konami id and couldn’t remember the one i used before. I decided to create an account which didn’t prove too much trouble this time, but the game wouldn’t allow me to play saying it’s been used already:/

    garbage will always be garbage!

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Clupula

    @11 and just imagine how much fun the Wii U is going to be online when you’ll need a different ID for each individual company’s games.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Lounds

    iOS app store v 3DS estore = App Store “Winning”

    #13 3 years ago
  14. vodka-bull

    So you guys are complaining about their online strategy, that it can’t compete with PS360s online infrastructure? Guess what, I bet my ass everyone of you already owns a PS360.

    And if you buy Wii U for the next Gears of War or Call of Duty you’re doing it wrong anyway. Nintendo has (since the N64 days) always been purely for their own IPs, and Wii U clearly tells us that they won’t even try to compete with Microsoft/Sony. It’s their own way, and if you want to play Mario and Zelda next generation you better buy a Wii U. And that’s obviously the only reason left to buy it and I, as a PS3 and 360 owner, couldn’t care less about their online strategy.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. DrDamn

    You might want to let Nintendo in on all that because no-one seems to have told them. One of the major points of Wii U is that they *are* trying to compete with MS/Sony.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. OlderGamer

    At Doc, I don’t think they really are. I think their mistake is in thinking that a few buzz words will sway fence sitting “core” gamers to sign on with Nintendo.

    In the end they have no intention of trying to replace PS360s.

    I think they are just trying to branch out and show that they can do “that” too. But as where MS and to some extent Sony have had all of their eggs in the Online/Home entertainment/set top box hub basket, Nintendo is just adding more robust online features.

    Thinking Nintendo is trying to out do MS/Sony would be like thinking Sonys Move was actualy going to take a bite out of Nintendos demographic with its Wii.

    For MS/Sony Kinect/Move are ways to expand and offer more, to reach out to gamers that have been left out. That is all Nintendo is doing with Wii Us Online offering.

    #16 3 years ago

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