Wii U's online service

#1 Posted by michaelfossbakk (236 posts) -

After unveiling the controller for the Wii U, in an interview with Geoff Keighly, Reggie Fils-Aime said that they would be discussing the online service for the Wii U "in the next couple of days," or something to that effect. Did I miss the news?

#2 Posted by MikkaQ (10316 posts) -

Yeah I'm curious about it too. Probably going to be pretty terrible though, knowing Nintendo's track record.

#3 Posted by Azteck (7449 posts) -

They can't possibly keep using friend-codes if they want any sort of streamlined online features. It was ridiculous when it was new, and it's ridiculous to this day.

#4 Posted by JJOR64 (19017 posts) -

Looks like Friend Codes aren't going anywhere.
 

“I think that in a similar way that we waited until HD technology was almost ubiquitous before we went in there with an HD console, it’s similar with the penetration of wi-fi. I think now almost every home has wi-fi or broadband. It’s a universal truth that everybody is connected online and that wasn’t the case when the Wii came out five years ago.

If you look at 3DS and the online of that you’ll get an understanding of where we’re going with Wii U and we’re taking that even further. We can’t talk about the details yet as Mr Iwata will announce those slightly later. But with the online of 3DS it’s obviously a massive leap on from where we were with DSi and DSi XL. It’s smooth, robust, it doesn’t drop in and out.

The friend code system has also been refined. It still exists but in the same way that you’d need to pair up with friends on PSN or Xbox live. Now it’s much closer to that kind of online gaming experience than what it was before. We always try and strike a balance. Because we do have more younger consumers than any other hardware manufacturer or games brand we need to protect them while also making it as accessible as possible for the more active and hardcore consumers to go online.

With Wii U I think that we’ve already hinted that we’re looking at getting people in that know and understand online gaming as it’s something that perhaps we’ve struggled with in the past.”


 
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#5 Posted by ajamafalous (12029 posts) -

@JJOR64 said:

Looks like Friend Codes aren't going anywhere.

“I think that in a similar way that we waited until HD technology was almost ubiquitous before we went in there with an HD console, it’s similar with the penetration of wi-fi. I think now almost every home has wi-fi or broadband. It’s a universal truth that everybody is connected online and that wasn’t the case when the Wii came out five years ago.

If you look at 3DS and the online of that you’ll get an understanding of where we’re going with Wii U and we’re taking that even further. We can’t talk about the details yet as Mr Iwata will announce those slightly later. But with the online of 3DS it’s obviously a massive leap on from where we were with DSi and DSi XL. It’s smooth, robust, it doesn’t drop in and out.

The friend code system has also been refined. It still exists but in the same way that you’d need to pair up with friends on PSN or Xbox live. Now it’s much closer to that kind of online gaming experience than what it was before. We always try and strike a balance. Because we do have more younger consumers than any other hardware manufacturer or games brand we need to protect them while also making it as accessible as possible for the more active and hardcore consumers to go online.

With Wii U I think that we’ve already hinted that we’re looking at getting people in that know and understand online gaming as it’s something that perhaps we’ve struggled with in the past.”

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Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh.

#6 Posted by coolwhip83 (88 posts) -
@JJOR64 said:
Looks like Friend Codes aren't going anywhere.
 

“I think that in a similar way that we waited until HD technology was almost ubiquitous before we went in there with an HD console, it’s similar with the penetration of wi-fi. I think now almost every home has wi-fi or broadband. It’s a universal truth that everybody is connected online and that wasn’t the case when the Wii came out five years ago.

If you look at 3DS and the online of that you’ll get an understanding of where we’re going with Wii U and we’re taking that even further. We can’t talk about the details yet as Mr Iwata will announce those slightly later. But with the online of 3DS it’s obviously a massive leap on from where we were with DSi and DSi XL. It’s smooth, robust, it doesn’t drop in and out.

The friend code system has also been refined. It still exists but in the same way that you’d need to pair up with friends on PSN or Xbox live. Now it’s much closer to that kind of online gaming experience than what it was before. We always try and strike a balance. Because we do have more younger consumers than any other hardware manufacturer or games brand we need to protect them while also making it as accessible as possible for the more active and hardcore consumers to go online.

With Wii U I think that we’ve already hinted that we’re looking at getting people in that know and understand online gaming as it’s something that perhaps we’ve struggled with in the past.”


 
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Maybe you should read the article? 
 

" If you look at 3DS and the online of that you’ll get an understanding of where we’re going with Wii U and we’re taking that even further. We can’t talk about the details yet as Mr Iwata will announce those slightly later.  "

#7 Posted by ReCkLeSs_X (460 posts) -

They would make a lot of people happy by just announcing a universal friend code or something similar. It's baffling why they have to keep stringing along the industry with announcements about announcements.

#8 Posted by FreakAche (2954 posts) -
@ReCkLeSs_X: Doesn't the 3DS already give you a universal friend code?
#9 Posted by robbob88 (326 posts) -
@FreakAche: Yes it does. 
#10 Posted by ReCkLeSs_X (460 posts) -

Yep yep. I was refferring to the Wii U though!

"Should we expect an online experience on par with Xbox Live and PlayStation Network?

Franklin: We see Wii U as a flexible system. It's not a one-size-fits-fall. It's not a centralized system. What John [Riccitiello, Electronic Arts] was describing [at the press conference] was his vision. We'll work with third-parties to understand what the opportunities are, and I think what's going to drive maybe the best examples are individual approaches, the best of class individual approaches both from third-party and from Nintendo. John was just referring to what he thought might happen."

http://www.giantbomb.com/news/heres-everything-nintendo-would-tell-me-about-wii-u/3368/

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