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Starring – Tony, Shannon, Shelby
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Nintendo hasn’t really been known to be innovative or a leader when it comes to the online space. It almost seems they’ve been dragged into the digital age kicking and screaming. The statements they’ve made and the progress that’s been seen over the last few months has been quite a nice change for the company. However, while they seem to be doing the right things in the digital games marketplace, online gaming still doesn’t seem to have caught on with the company.
Only a handful of Nintendo games over the last few years had any real sort of online presence. Mario Kart DS, Mario Strikers Charged, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Battalion Wars II, Mario Kart 7 and Kid Icarus: Uprising are the cream of the crop when it comes to online Nintendo games. Past that there isn’t really much to speak of. That’s why the reaction to Shigeru Miyamoto’s comments about no online multiplayer for Pikmin 3 seem so surprising to me.
Here’s the quote from the famed developer as to why the company isn’t including any online competition in their upcoming Wii U game.
“In the situation of Pikmin, for example, since you would have lots of individual, small creatures, the Pikmin, who’s every movement and location is going to be really important in the game, it would be very difficult to sync up over an internet connection.”
What happens when we don’t play any games and there is no news? We make a short show. We barely manage to fill an hour this week due to the E3 drought and life keeping us from playing games. During the news we talk about how games don’t make any money unless it’s called Call Of Duty. Also, Micah almost ODs on food, Tony threatens to hurt his cats and I complain about bugs in my house. Oh gad, is E3 here yet?
Starring – Tony, Micah, Shelby
Run time – 1:08:41
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One of the biggest complaints that people have in regards to Nintendo is that it’s been a long time since they’ve actually created a new IP. I’d say, you just have to really be paying attention because there has been new properties from Nintendo that have come out since the release of Pikmin.
During a recent interview with Zoomin Games he talked about working on a new property and had this to say:
“If you ask me, ‘Is it too much pressure to try to come out with something new?’ I have to say no, I’m enjoying myself.”
During the controversial period where the world thought he was stepping down he talked about wanting to get back into the creation aspect of games and work on some new things. This looks to be a part of that. What that is only time will tell, but it’s good to see him getting back into things and that we may see another new property from Nintendo.
That pun writes itself really. Anyway, Nintendo confirmed at one of their roundtable sessions last night that Pikmin 3 should be coming to Wii U soonish. Apparently it was in the works for Wii but Miyamoto-san felt it would be better suited for Wii U. Since it was already being built for Wii, it is far enough along that it shouldn’t take much longer to finish.
Once again, Pikmin only gets mentioned because somebody asked. Oh well. Let’s hope they don’t let it disappear again. We haven’t even seen a screen shot of this game yet. It’s like a ghost or something. Somebody tell Luigi to grab that vacuum and catch Pikmin 3 with it.
“As soon as we’ve finished a project, I always have regrets about what we could or should’ve done. But then there are these great ideas that we can utilise with future projects, one way or another. Some people might say Wii Music is a good example. It’s been said that it could have sold much more than it actually has to date, but it simply means that I have some assets right now that, by tweaking something, we might be able to have great success with in future.” – Shigeru Miyamoto
I’m sure most developers feel the same way about this. There are probably things about every title out there that some devs would like to had added to or maybe tweaked in some way, but time, money or just creative ideas didn’t warrant it being in the game when it launches. I also wonder how he could have made Wii Music a better title. While I found it to be an interesting title and useful in some aspects, it was ultimately a shallow experience that didn’t provide the same type of immersion that games like Guitar Hero or Rock Band did.
Source: Computer and Video Games
One thing that many fans have had opinions on for Wii is the state of its online infrastructure. Many people have not been pleased with the way that Nintendo has handled the internet in this current generation. Xbox Live sort of paved the way for the model of online connectivity that people have enjoyed most and that has caused people to wonder why Nintendo hasn’t adopted a similar model.
Apparently that is something that Mr. Miyamoto has wondered as well. A statement from the game designer has shown up on Edge Online that points to a possibility of Nintendo charging for some form of online content in the future.
“… Probably the other thing that we are desperate to realise is the core [online] business structure,” explains the world famous developer. “Do we need to demand customers pay monthly fees to enjoy online activities? Or give an online subscription that is free of charge, but then offer something extra for people that pay, so that they get some extra value? With these core business strategies I think we are less active than we should be.”
So I now pose the question to you. Would you be interested in a service similar to Xbox Live where you paid for certain features, such as online play and additional content like a Netflix Channel? Do you like the current model if Nintendo would adopt the internet a little better? What would you do if you were in charge of Nintendo’s online presence? Let us know.
Source: Edge Online
Mr. Miyamoto has been busy over the last few days. In addition to recieving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Japan Media Arts Festival he also talked about some projects he’s working on. During the talk of those projects he specifically mentioned that at least one of them would use the Motion Plus peripheral.
Also during those talks he mentioned some hardware that hadn’t been announced further fueling the talks of a new DS or Wii system in the near future.