It’s about time I show the Nintendo lovers some love! President of Nintendo America, Reggie Fils-Aime, had a nice long chat with the folks at IGN about Wii U’s and 3DS’s future when it came to being connected online, quite simply put digital purchases and online play.
“Online play is always important,” Fils-Aime told IGN. “I guess maybe people read into it, when a Nintendo first-party game doesn’t have connected play, that somehow we’re not interested in connected play. The reality is that when our developers are making a game, they think about the type of experience that they want to see happen. And so for Super Mario 3D World the development team wanted people to be in the same space, having that fun enjoyment, that’s the vision that they had in their head. So they created an experience that was multiplayer in the same room. That doesn’t mean that we don’t care about connected gameplay. It’s just that the developers have a vision for what we want to bring to bear. We do exceptionally well in that in-the-same-room multiplayer experience.”
It was clear from what Reggie said, Nintendo both understands and belives that connectivity is a huge part of gaming nowadays. Not to mention how important digital downloads have become.
“From a Nintendo perspective, we needed to have the right infrastructure. We needed to have the right approach from a digital standpoint. And we needed to have the capabilities to execute it right. I would say that, beginning with the 3DS, and certainly to a whole new level with the Wii U, we’re getting digital right. The consumer is voting with their wallets. A game like Animal Crossing, where 30 percent of the sales are happening digitally, the consumer is recognizing the benefits that we have with digital content. Not only in dual distribution products – products sold both digitally and physically – but in the very strong library of digital games, whether it’s games from independent developers or content that we’re bringing back digitally. We’re creating a very strong business proposition on our digital space.”
There you have it folks. A lot of Nintendo fans have been less than impressed with the online offering and rightfully so. Being connected not only adds another dimension to the gameplay but also enriches it an unbelievable fashion. Being able to compare and compete with friends gives a different kind of drive to players. And there is no doubt how the length of the game is significantly increased due to an online component, giving a game that much greater bang for the buck. Here is to hoping for a brilliant online future for Nintendo.