Wii U shouldn't copy Xbox Live, says Iwata

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As a way of explaining the Wii U's lack of universal achievements system and cross-game chat, Iwata argued that the console must offer online services that differentiate it from its rivals.

"We have not thought that offering the same features that already exist within other online communities would be the best proposal for very experienced game players," he said in an e-mail interview with IGN.

Nintendo has faced criticisms for abandoning such features, which some see as baseline requirements for online console services. But its unique online message board, called Miiverse, has drawn acclaim.

"Miiverse is a network community dedicated to video games that represents a very unique game-dedicated social graph that has never existed before," he said.

Elsewhere in the interview, Iwata acknowledged the pre-launch cynicism surrounding the Wii U but assured that this has preceded all of Nintendo's most commercially successful systems.

"The brand new user interfaces that Nintendo invented often faced sceptical views before a hardware launch, but wound up becoming de facto industry standards," he said.

"It is challenging to communicate attractions which are hard to understand unless you actually touch and experience them yourself. This is especially so with Wii U because it has unprecedented entertainment potential."

"The majority of observers had skeptical views toward the potential of the Wii as a game machine. Exactly the same thing could be said about Nintendo DS. These are typical examples of hindsight bias where, only after noticing that these machines had sold beyond their expectations, their memories have been rewritten."

Meanwhile, Iwata accepted that the market desires a console that can cultivate more than just Nintendo's own games.

"Our first party software alone can't be enough to appeal to the different tastes of all game fans. The decision of Nintendo that it will publish the two software titles from Platinum Games is one answer to this challenge," he said.

Nintendo has said the Wii U's first week sales performance in the US was healthy, with around 400,000 units sold.

The Wii U UK launch date is November 30.


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"industry standards? we laugh at industry standards." ~nintendo

"why no third parties want to work with us?!? they so bias." ~nintendo

Pretty refreshing. Instead of watching the competition and trying to keep up (most likely, a losing effort) Nintendo is trying to be the leader on its own path. I have to admit that trophies/Achievements are pretty addictive and not having them is a missed opportunity to have a captured audience. It's Nintendo, though. They're quirky like that.

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Come on, cross game chat has been on PC for ages, it wouldn't be copying at all.

Withholding basic functionality like that can't be excused as uniqueness. With that logic, the pro controller should have never been made.


I hate the idea of Achievements, but I must say... they are kinda cool and addictive once you start hitting them. Nintendo should put them in. They probably will down the road.

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Achievements are INSANELY addictive and it took me ages to get off them. People like to bash nintendo for not including them but they have a horrible dark side.

One more thing to complete my year = senran kagura localization =D

keep on creating these industry standards Nintendo!

    R.I.P Mr Iwata :'(

Nintendo is always doing their own thing. Love it or hate it

kitler53 said:
"industry standards? we laugh at industry standards." ~nintendo

"why no third parties want to work with us?!? they so bias." ~certain nintendo fanatics


I'm pretty sure Nintendo are well aware of their strategic position and capabilities, which is why they know their PR needs to indicate something else. It's those that believe the PR wholesale that need to get the grip on reality. 

kitler53 said:
"industry standards? we laugh at industry standards." ~nintendo

"why no third parties want to work with us?!? they so bias." ~nintendo

What are you talking about?  Wiiu is getting lots of 3rd party content.