Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has told IGN that the company is not interested in emulating online services found throughout other consoles such as Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network. Iwata said that Nintendo is looking to create an experience that can not be found elsewhere
“We have not thought that offering the same features that already exist within other online communities would be the best proposal for very experienced game players.”
“Nintendo has paid a great deal of attention to the dynamic of people playing video games together in the same room. With Wii U, we thought about expanding this concept into separate rooms which are connected online. Miiverse is a network community dedicated to video games that represents a very unique game-dedicated social graph that has never existed before.”
The upcoming FIFA 13 will contain a “friends tab” on the Wii U GamePad’s touchscreen, according to producer Matt Prior. By tapping on the friends tab, a player’s friends list – from the Wii U console – will become accessible. Wii U gamers will be able to message and invite friends directly from the Wii U GamePad’s touchscreen, without being required to disrupt the television screen’s display. Prior claims that the Wii U GamePad’s messaging is “much better” than the Xbox Live’s virtual keyboard.
“A friends tab that’s always there in the front end on the [Wii U GamePad] so you can tap it, you’ve got a list of friends, the friends list from the Wii U console.”
“You can tap an invite to them, or you can tap a message to them. Obviously, touch screen messaging is much better than the 360 Live virtual keyboard where you’re moving it up and down. We really want to connect friends and allow people to game with friends as easily as possible.”
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has confessed that Nintendo just can’t catch up with Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation Network. Iwata says that both companies have spent years perfecting their online strategy, and that it would be unwise of Nintendo to try to replicate them.
“I think that what we see in terms of online gaming networks on existing dedicated gaming platforms is not particularly well suited to the approach Nintendo has taken.”
“Therefore, I can’t sit here and say to you that we can very quickly overcome or catch up to other companies, which began to work in the online field from many years ago and have been building these online networks on other platforms, and I don’t think that would be a smart strategy, either.”
Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Aime, openly stated that “it’s hard to say something nice about the PS3″ when he was quizzed about Nintendo’s relentless competitors.
Whilst he wasn’t altogether too enamoured with the PlayStation 3, Reggie did however cite Xbox Live as an online platform that concerns both him and his companions over at Nintendo.
Chris Lewis, Vice-President of the Interactive Entertainment Business for Microsoft recently obliged to an interview with revered gaming publication Edge. In the damming interview Lewis harshly criticised Nintendo’s current online infrastructure, and also reiterated that he believes Microsoft occupies a different space to the Kyoto based company.
Nintendo occupies a different space to us in that regard as well, in that [the Wii] isn’t an online connected platform, it isn’t high definition, it doesn’t offer the scalability we offer in the SKU lineup and the storage ability. … I certainly think we do have an appetite for getting into those broad family genres, and that part of the strategy will continue to be so, but I think we clearly want to appeal to all tastes. Our aspiration is to win overall, and to do that we need to continue to bring content to all the different genres in the market, with Xbox Live at the heart of that.