With the success of Twitch as an application integrated on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One many would have hoped that an app would come to Wii U. Well according to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, this isn’t the case. Fils-Aime says that it’s just not fun watching thirty minutes of video game streaming.
“We don’t think streaming 30 minutes of gameplay by itself is a lot of fun,” Fils-Aime said in answer to my question about whether Twitch could come to the Wii U.”
“We’re looking to do a lot of great things with Twitch,” he said. “The Nintendo Treehouse Live at E3 that we’re executing through Twitch is doing fantastic numbers.”
“Your specific question of just purely streaming gameplay, what we’ve got to think through is, so what’s fun about that? From a consumer standpoint, what’s fun about it?”
“Kart is fun because its a highlight of the race,” he said. “You can make some choices as to what parts are going to be shared. We think that makes it interesting, and obviously the meme of the Luigi death stare is wonderful when that comes out of that type of experience. But in the end we’ve got to make sure that it’s fun.”
“So for us, what we’re doing at the Nokia theater with the Smash Invitational, we loved that streamed because that’s where you are able to see how these players perform, the moves they make, you can learn something,” he said. “That has value to us. And you can expect us to do more of that type of activity, highlighting our games and providing a forum for players to learn how to play better.”
“But that’s different than watching Joe Blow’s 30 minute stream, which may or may not have something that’s all that interesting.”