Miyamoto: Not our goal to become the number one online gaming company


In a recent interview with MTV, Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Mario and Zelda and Nintendo’s head of game design, has been discussing the Wii U and in particular how it will work online.

When asked about the online functionality plans for the Wii U, Mr Miyamoto said “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,” “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.”

He continued; “For example, 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. 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.”

My Miyamoto also discussed the use of Miis too, when asked about user accounts and how they could be implemented. “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. And I will say that this is a system that will have a great deal of appeal for its online connectivity.”

He also confirmed that family friendly gaming will still be the key when it comes to Wii U and the use of online connectivity. “A key word for Nintendo in the online sphere has been creating an experience that’s comfortable for all players, so we’ll still look at that and stick to our idea of trying to create an online experience that’s welcoming to everyone.”

What do you think this means? Doesn’t sound to me like the full-on multi-player shoot outs from Call of Duty are something we are going to see on Wii U. Does that matter though? Rather it sounds more like the internet will be used for additional content and game modes.

Let us know what you think below.

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