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Miyamoto explains Nintendo’s previous lack of online focus, promises change

Tuesday, 12th March 2013 11:32 GMT By Dave Cook

Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto has shed light on why the Japanese giant overlooked the prospect of full online capabilities in its home consoles for so long. He added that Nintendo now sees ‘tremendous possibilities’ in the online arena and is looking at exploring them moving forward.

Speaking with the NY Times, Miyamoto reflected on Nintendo’s handling of online possibilities in the past.

“For a long time at Nintendo we didn’t focus as much on online play,” he explained, “because for many years doing so would have limited the size of the audience that could enjoy those features. But certainly now we see that so many people are connected to the Internet. It opens up a tremendous amount of possibilities.”

Speaking about the Wii U’s online future, Miyamoto added “We really view it as being the ideal device that families are going to want to have connected to that screen in the living room that everyone is going to gather around and watch. Certainly in the short term I would want to see it performing with probably a little more momentum. I think in the long term I’m not at a point where I’m concerned yet.”

Meanwhile, Miyamoto has expressed disappointment in Pikmin 3′s delay, stating that he;d hoped to launch the game alongside Wii U. Find out what happened here:

Pikmin 3: Miyamoto feels it should have launched alongside Wii U.

What do you make of the Wii U’s online functions? Let us know below.

Thanks CVG.

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12 Comments

  1. G1GAHURTZ

    I think in the long term I’m not at a point where I’m concerned yet.

    Give up, Miyamoto…

    It’s already game over for the Wii U.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. ps3fanboy

    the wii-u crashed and burned… and it’s gonna be buried when ps4/x720 arrive later this year. miyamoto should look in the direction of sega, the software only maker. that is where nintendo is heading. so expect new mario/zelda games for ps4/x720 in 2016.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. The_Red

    I actually liked the online-less Nintendo because that meant having to release full games and not relying on patches and DLCs. I mean, who would want DLC for a Mario gam… wait, never mind. Luigi DLC everyone!

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Francis O

    @1 and @2

    Both of you guys are delusional. Nintendo got more money in the bank then Sony and MS.

    Plus I bet you guys were saying the same thing about the 3DS? Yeah look how that turned out. Sony, with their ‘Junk’ credit report,failings of the PS Vita, multiple layoffs, and sellings of both of their headquarters in Japan and the US is more likely to go the way of SEGA.

    http://playeressence.com/microsoft-and-sony-are-closer-to-going-third-party-than-nintendo-lets-get-the-facts-straight/

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Kabby

    You can’t blame Nintendo alone. Japanese companies in general are ‘rubbish at the internet’.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Dragon246

    “Nintendo got more money in the bank then Sony and MS.”
    Please stop.Here are some facts (real ones)-
    MS made 6 BILLION DOLLARS IN LAST 3 MONTHS. A RECORD.
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2013/jan13/01-24fy13Q2earningsPR.aspx
    And Sony has assets worth 170 BILLION DOLLARS AND INCREASING.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony
    And do you know what Fitch said in its report, and that NO analyst thinks MS and Sony will go out?
    Or don’t stop. Your wish.

    Both are numbers Ninty never will reach, ever.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. noamlol2

    the focus of nintendo are just to make cash

    they invent some over-hyped gimick and then sell it and call it the future

    it has already begun with the bullshit Wii and now people didn’t fell for the “exclusive” tablet featured Wii U

    face it, nintendo should just stick to making handhelds
    because they are the best of it (gameboy advance is the best handheld 2 generations ago) the DS was utter shit next to the PSP

    but the 3DS having good games rather then console like graphics on the vita, also supporting the sandisk memory cards which sony clearly lacks and want you to pay the 70$ sony tax for a 32 GIG

    when i can buy from sandisk for just 20$

    #7 1 year ago
  8. ps3fanboy

    Miyamoto and Nintendo have lost touch with modern gaming the reason he states for not pushing online services is a joke it seem to me that they are burying their heads in the sand. When Microsoft and Sony release there console later in the year its going to leave The WII-U pissing in the wind

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Francis O

    I was discussing their gaming divisions. Yeah Sony’s overhead has money, but Sony’s gaming division is broke as hell. If they got so much money, why are they selling off their headquarters? Why are they selling their shares in companies?

    If you guys think Sony is ok your crazy. If it wasn’t for their overhead they would be out of the console business.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Eddie Rodrigues

    @9 Sony has MANY divisions. All of them had difficulties last year because their Marketing strategy in 2012 was dull. The Gaming division still strong as expected but that cost them some money/HQs.

    Also calling everyone crazy won’t award you kudos :D

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Fin

    Problem is, they should’ve been developing online services, even if they were only available to a small number of users – look at Xbox Live, it was first introduced in just the US, in 2002 (just under a year after the GameCube was released). Now it’s a mature competent system.

    Then look at Nitendo’s online service. It’s practically non-existent. They’re going to need 10 years to catch up.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. ManuOtaku

    Call me oldschool but i rather like nintendo focusing on local multiplayer games, thats were they are great are with a lot of fun value added to that, that most of the time online multiplayer lacks, and i do also like nintendo being the different one, not offering the same experience like the other two, i do like nintendo being nintendo, for other things we do have sony and microsoft, i like having a lot of diversity.

    As for the WiiU it will do fine down the line, it needs a price cut and a good quantity of first party nintendo titles, but for nintendo covering those factors it will need time, given the time needed i think the WiiU will do fine, it is a matter of time like the 3ds and vita.

    #12 1 year ago

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