Miyamoto: Online Play Opens Up Tons of Possibilities for Nintendo

Shigeru Miyamoto has been getting around lately! He talked recently about how he thinks Pikmin 3 should have been released at launch, about the development of two-GamePad games and NFC-enabled games and about his inevitable retirement. Today, he’s coming out about online play.

In an interview with the New York Times, Mr. Miyamoto said that online play is one of the most exciting things in gaming right now. Sure, it’s actually been around and going strong for some time now and Nintendo’s a bit late to the party, but he believes that now is the time for Nintendo to open up. We’ve already seen that Monolith Soft’s Xenoblade sequel is using online play in some form… could more be coming?

Click below for Mr. Miyamoto’s full statement regarding Nintendo and the future of online play.

Q. What’s most exciting to you about video games right now?

A. For a long time at Nintendo we didn’t focus as much on online play because for many years doing so would have limited the size of the audience that could enjoy those features. But certainly now we see that so many people are connected to the Internet. It opens up a tremendous amount of possibilities.

Every Wii U game now takes on some form of online connectivity via Miiverse, but we imagine he’s talking about more than just social networking. Could we see a new Zelda, Star Fox, or some other Nintendo franchise, reborn in the world of global play?

Source: New York Times