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No Unified Online Service for the Wii-U?

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superchunk said:
I think this may not be a big deal.

You don't have to have a forced unified system to have a unified log-in and shared awards/boards.

Its very possible Nintendo is making the interface that will then accept the online solution/server connections any 3rd party wants to implement.

All the 3rd parties will need to do is accept the login credentials and any game related metadata for leader-boards and some award system. (probably coin or star related)

I think its way too early with far too little info to make a judgement at this time.

That's what i was thinking, that they'll set up a unified, persistent friends list that you can view anytime to see what your friends are up to, but the actual nuts and bolts of online play will come from the 3rd parties themselves, so Nintendo doesn't have to pay for servers or have to establish a real service of any consequence



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superchunk said:
I think this may not be a big deal.

You don't have to have a forced unified system to have a unified log-in and shared awards/boards.

Its very possible Nintendo is making the interface that will then accept the online solution/server connections any 3rd party wants to implement.

All the 3rd parties will need to do is accept the login credentials and any game related metadata for leader-boards and some award system. (probably coin or star related)

I think its way too early with far too little info to make a judgement at this time.

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As a society that is becoming more internet based I honestly think this is going to haunt Nintendo a little.



blkfish92 said:
Pavolink said:
I'll wait for the leaks on the new dev kits. Probably will come with some kind of info on on-line.


Yep need more leaks and info.

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The leaks probably will come from Sega or Ubisoft, even THQ or EA. I doubt Capcom will talk. They seems to be the closest to Nintendo.



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Pavolink said:
blkfish92 said:
Pavolink said:
I'll wait for the leaks on the new dev kits. Probably will come with some kind of info on on-line.


Yep need more leaks and info.

LMAO to your sig!

The leaks probably will come from Sega or Ubisoft, even THQ or EA. I doubt Capcom will talk. They seems to be the most closest to Nintendo.


Either way someone's going to spill the beans soon enough...



           

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Im thinking each developer will have their own online hub which could be great.



For the most part, this decision will have both positive and negative impacts for consumers and developers, and depending on what Nintendo does will determine whether the decision is more positive or more negative ...

If Nintendo creates a well formed API that contains most of the functionality of a unified online service, makes some core features mandatory (unified login and friend list for example), while leaving most features optional, and removes many of the restrictions that exist in other online services they could have a "winner" here.

Essentially, while I'm not a big Facebook fan I recognize that a lot of people see value in social networking. Right now no online gaming service integrates with social networking in a meaningful way, and publishers are not really allowed to come up with their own deals with social networking sites to develop their own meaningful features; and it is likely that publishers will only get to implement the features Sony/Microsoft want them to if they create these integrations, and will mandate that they're included regardless of whether the publisher sees any value in it. In contrast, if EA worked out a deal with Facebook to make it possible for someone to earn "Bragging rights" on their Facebook page (or some other integration) they could implement it without waiting for Nintendo to see value in it and integrate it into their core API; of course, the side effect of this is that EA could secure exclusivity in features and prevent other publishers from having a similar service.

Ultimately, I would hope that Nintendo created a full suite of high quality and creative features for an online service (possibly partnering with many other companies) and are leaving it up to developers how to use them; and that Nintendo isn't just producing the bare minimum features and expecting developers to build complete systems themselves.



thranx said:
All I want is a sytem where all I have to do is log on once I turn the system on. I don't want to have to deal with separate friend lists or logging in multiple times.


Yeah I hope they re-think their approach, or lack of one because this sounds like a nightmare.

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As long as I can press a button and see what friends are playing, I'm ok with Nintendo's "online".

I'd be much happier if they offered a monthly/yearly subscription to the Virtual Console on top of that. Make it available across 3DS and Wii-U and I'll pay extra. It would make Xbox Live revenue look like pocket change.



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Pyro as Bill said:
As long as I can press a button and see what friends are playing, I'm ok with Nintendo's "online".

I'd be much happier if they offered a monthly/yearly subscription to the Virtual Console on top of that. Make it available across 3DS and Wii-U and I'll pay extra. It would make Xbox Live revenue look like pocket change.

You mean paying like $50 a year and getting to play as many VC games as you want until your subscription ends? Now that would be the kind of "online" gaming I could see myself paying for.



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