Miyamoto: Online is most exciting thing in games right now

#1squatch22Posted 3/12/2013 3:47:58 AM
http://www.computerandvideogames.com/395456/miyamoto-online-is-most-exciting-thing-in-games-right-now/

Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto has said he feels that the online capabilities of Wii U have opened "a tremendous amount of possibilities" for the Super Mario firm.

Asked by the New York Times what he finds most exciting about video games right now, the prolific designer suggested that Nintendo will finally embrace online gaming, after years of hesitance to do so.

"For a long time at Nintendo we didn't focus as much on online play because for many years doing so would have limited the size of the audience that could enjoy those features," he explained.

"But certainly now we see that so many people are connected to the Internet. It opens up a tremendous amount of possibilities."

In the same interview the Zelda creator said that despite a slow start, he still thinks the Wii U has a "long future" ahead of it.

"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," he said.

"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."

In another interview yesterday Miyamoto admitted that the Wii U software library isn't yet as strong as he'd have liked, but claimed Nintendo is now investing significantly in game development.

He told Time: "We still have new things to learn about how to leverage the features and functionalities of Wii U in ways that create fun and interesting new ways to play, including new gameplay systems. As we become even more familiar with the hardware, we'll be able to do more from a software standpoint. That's an area we're currently devoting resources to."
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#2GimeaPosted 3/12/2013 3:50:56 AM
still no account, software tied to hardware.
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#3JackalPosted 3/12/2013 4:21:41 AM
A little late to the party, Nintendo?
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#4P_A_N_D_A_M_A_NPosted 3/12/2013 4:25:29 AM
Gimea posted...
still no account, software tied to hardware.


Software is tied to accounts. Accounts are currently tied to the hardware. Later, accounts should expand beyond that.
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#5Darth_ElusivePosted 3/12/2013 4:46:56 AM
Miyamoto: Online is most exciting thing in games right now.


LOL. Nintendo executives are living in their little own universe where online is most exciting thing in games just right now.
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#6oshawott4everPosted 3/12/2013 4:52:03 AM
So up until now, the internet wasn't really a thing for Nintendo?

ok...
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#7squatch22(Topic Creator)Posted 3/12/2013 4:58:18 AM
oshawott4ever posted...
So up until now, the internet wasn't really a thing for Nintendo?

ok...


Yep. It wasn't a thing when Nintendo had online on the NES...downloadable games on the SNES or online chat on the N64...
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#8AdamLazarusoPosted 3/12/2013 5:09:28 AM
Wow, Miyamoto has finally caught up to 2005. Good for him.
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#9elluinkPosted 3/12/2013 5:12:07 AM
Darth_Elusive posted...
Miyamoto: Online is most exciting thing in games right now.


LOL. Nintendo executives are living in their little own universe where online is most exciting thing in games just right now.


came to say this.
#10mcsmellingtonPosted 3/12/2013 5:12:48 AM
If Nintendo insist on advancing their already ancient online functions by only a few millimetres at a time, as they have been doing, then they can be excited all they want - but their consoles won't be used seriously for online gaming. We'll end up with the same situation as BLOPS2, everyone will buy the games for the systems with competent online functionality.
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