John Riccitiello seemed to confirm the depletion of the original Wii's online friend system, the friend codes. Riccitiello explains that the Wii U will have friend lists and a single online identity.
good riddance friend code sucked
Finally, that's one point to the Wii U, now let's see some actual games.
nintendo, welcome to 2005
Welcome to the year 2000.
I said the same thing when Sony and Microsoft added motion controls to their systems last year. "Welcome to 2005 Sony and Microsoft." :)
Why, is 2005 when Sony released the eyetoy?
@Shadowflare: If you want to go the semantics route, I could bring up the Power Glove and U-Force for the NES long before Sony was IN the video games business. You know I was referring to the Kinect and Move so don't go there.
"@Shadowflare: If you want to go the semantics route, I could bring up the Power Glove and U-Force for the NES long before Sony was IN the video games business. You know I was referring to the Kinect and Move so don't go there." QFT
I know nintendo did things like the power glove way long ago but the way you worded your comment suggested this was Sony and microsofts first foray into motion gaming and it was just because of Wii. And I just wanted to remind you Sony put out eyetoy long before Wii. I know they weren't first but welcome to 2005 D2K, eyetoy is out and Wii isn't. Sony also released a ps3 version of eyetoy before move came out. Ps3 has had motion gaming throughout it's whole life with PSeye, sixaxis controllers and Move, so your comment makes no sense
Pigs flying, hell freezing!
Better a decade late than never I guess.
It is funny they talk about innovating. But so far all they have done is play catch up to 2005.
Yeah. Since it took Microsoft and Sony 5 years to catch up to motion-controls, no stones need to be thrown at Nintendo for this. They tried something different, and it didn't work. Big deal. It's not like they couldn't have done this 6 years ago. They just chose not to and it was a mistake. All three companies have made their fair share. At least Nintendo is correcting theirs, and even Sony. What's Microsoft doing? *crickets*
D2K...they could have tried something different like motion controls and still had a functional online service. The PSN isn't anything special but at least it provides basic functionality.
@D2K The difference is that motion controlled gaming is still only one type/genre of gaming whereas online functionality has become a staple for most major titles on all platforms and is integrated into most games period. Nintendo is making a good move by adding gamertags because I believe a major part of attracting core gamers is to have good online functionality.
Nintendo has been innovating where it matters the most - HOW we play the games.
Now gamers can play great 3rd party online games and 1st party nintendo online games with a smoother online experience. Couple that with your personal HDD and GRO and this will be a great launch indeed.
Funny how I voiced my hatred towards Wii's friends code in the past and got disagreed and argued with. Now Nintendo is dumping it for gamertags. Looks like I called it because I even said they should do that instead.
Everyone wished they got rid of friend codes, not only you.
One thing i wish would happen for the Wii U would be getting rid of the miis as avatars. Perhaps Nintendo can allow us to use basic models of say link or samus or mario or fox, donkey kong..etc. and we can customize them in the way that we choose. Then they could let you buy costumes for your Nintendo avatar with your Wii U achievement points.
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