You know how Xbox Live and PSN is mostly standardized and largely regulated by the companies that own the consoles. Well, Wii U’s Online won’t be like that, for better or for worse. In an interview with Forbes Nintendo boss Reggie Fils-Aime stated the following about Nintendo’s plan for the Wii U’s online functionality:
We’ve seen what our competitors have done, and we’ve acknowledged that we need to do more online. For Wii U… what we’re doing is creating a much more flexible system that will allow the best approaches by independent publishers to come to bear.
So instead of a situation where a publisher has their own network and wants that to be the predominant platform, and having arguments with platform holders, we’re going to welcome that. We’re going to welcome that from the best and the brightest of the third party publishers.
Now of course, this has it’s positive and negative points, the positives being that the publishers/developers now have a lot more freedom to individually tailor online play to suit the needs of their games, and the negatives being that the burden of online play and server hosting will be put on the companies that are not Nintendo. It’s not a bad idea though, and it may lead to more innovation as far as online servers and hosting goes. Let us know what you think about this new development below.