Wii U Online Details
In an interview with Forbes, Nintendo of America COO Reggie Fils-Aime spilled some more details on the Wii U’s online functionality. Fils-Aime spoke about their new approach towards their online content store and noted that the 3DS eShop was step one of their new approach.
“We’ve said that the Wii U will have an extremely robust online experience,” he said. “There will be other publishers talking about that as well, and from our perspective, we think it’s much more compelling for that information to come from the publishers than to come from us.”
Instead of having a dedicated service like XBLA or PlayStation Store, Nintendo will welcome the top third-party publishers and their online services. Therefore you could possibly see Steam and/0r EA’s Origin service on the Wii U. The console’s online service would be more comparable to that of a PC. Another interesting note from the interview was the fact that if the Wii U was streaming Netflix, the user could use the controller to view the content.
This is an interesting and progressive approach to online from Nintendo, but the Wii U is rumored to have low memory storage,which will make downloading large titles a burden. I also wonder how Nintendo will handle competitive multiplayer. I just pray that they stay away from those damn friend codes.