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Miyamoto Discusses Nintendo’s lack of Online Focus, says Company will Change

Legendary creator Shigeru Miyamoto discussed why Nintendo was hesitant to jump on the online bandwagon in the past. However, Miyamoto does promise Nintendo will change, and sees huge potential in the online space. 

In an interview with the NY Times, Miyamoto talks about Nintendo’s dubious past with online.

“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.”

Miyamoto is concerned at bit about the short-term sales of the Wii U, but is positive the Wii U will do good in the long term.

“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.”

Nintendo has a long mountain to scale to get where they need to be, but I think it’s definitely possible. They need more games to come out for the system. Nintendo needs to announce release dates for games like Bayonetta 2, The Wonderful 101, and Pikmin 3. However, I think sales will be really good by this holiday, with big name games coming out for the Wii U like Mario, Nintendo should see a sales spike.

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  • sergio111293

    It's nice to see Nintendo embracing Online, Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon is proof of that. :P_Just Imagine an F-Zero game with 32 Player Online at 60FPS *Drool*

    • Furious Francis

      Seriously, I would love for a brand new F-Zero game on Wii U! That's just what the system needs.