GotGame: With a competent and thoughtful online system and software that can capture their interest, Nintendo can provide their fanbase something that they cannot get on any other home console.
please ninty do it, boost your online infrastructure....
Nintendo has been doing it since the Wii. The infrastructure is also fine. 3rd are just not opting to use it. Go beg the third parties on this one. Nintendo can't force them to do what they don't want to.
I don't think Wii U's online is all that much worse than the other two. Games are generally stable, there are virtually no downtimes and it offers unique experiences (Miiverse) I don't know what Nintendo needs to do to get rid of this idea that they have bad online. I think if they got rid of Mii's maybe that would help? People just keep thinking its inferior. (It is but not as much as ppl would think) I think maybe the secret is Nintnedo coming up with their own first party shooter online IPs. Its not their style but they could totally buy a third party (5th Cell with Hybrid, HVS with Conduit) and have them make them some more "Mature" online games to go along with great online experiences like Mario Kart and Smash
Nintendo's online is good. I've run into no problems with it. The problem is that there are so few games that use it. Most games are releasing without online component and that's the third parties fault, not Nintendo's. They chose to not implement it and kill the sales of their own game. I'm looking forward to the next Mario and Sonic at the Olympics purely because it has online functionality. I've never been interested in that series before. There is a market their for online games. Phantasy Star Online showed this. Someone just has to be smart enough to capitalize on it.
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