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.