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

  • guest

    This is great to hear, I’m hoping for Zelda to blow my mind in a way I couldn’t imagine, and when Aonuma said they were rethinking the “play by yourself” convention, I was really surprised and I can’t wait to know more.

  • RestlessPoon

    Miiverse is simply outstanding.

  • Nathan

    Just spitballing here…but how about a Star Fox game with 4 player online co-op, like in the Left 4 Dead games?

    • Erimgard

      ^I’d play some online Star Fox.

  • Anthony Pappas

    Mario Bros. reboot set in Brooklyn, New York, where Mario and Luigi start a plumbing business with Peach as their secretary. Miis populate the city, except for a few key characters who need help with their plumbing. So Peach answers the phone, and she shoots you a text (which comes up on the Game Pad), telling you to go to such and such address, where you find Goombas popping out of the resident’s bathtub–also an entrance to the Mushroom Kingdom. Worlds aren’t numbered because they don’t have a set order: instead, you use money earned from beating worlds (“cleaning the pipes”) to pay for advertising or items or services throughout the city. If you put a billboard up above your business, the old lady who lives across the street from it calls you about her toilet. If you buy a van, you can drive it around the city, and if you pay to have “Mario Bros. Plumbing” painted on the side, you get a call from an awkward boy who’d earlier been commenting on how much he liked your new van (his mom’s sink stopped running). The fun part is tracking down all the potential customers and seeing how the characters interact and your business grows. Obviously at some point Peach is kidnapped by Bowser, who has been monitoring your progress and wishes to set a trap but then decides he wants to make her his queen (he’s pretty much running the Mushroom Kingdom right now). It would be fun to have baddies like Mouser install themselves as the Chief of Police and pretend to be helping you save the city from the Koopa Incursion even as he’s feeding intelligence to the enemy.

    Now, as for multiplayer: Luigi, duh. He’s fully playable, by someone else, half-way across the world, and you can view his progress at any time on the Game Pad, and he can send you pictures and videos of whatever new customer he’s found and world explored. He can even waltz right into wherever you’re playing and help you out with some platforming.

    I wonder what lives in the sewers.

    • zdog

      Holy crap, you’ve really thought this out! and it sounds really fun!

      • Anthony Pappas

        Hey thanks! You should hear my ideas for Zelda. I want to write for Nintendoooo.

        • zdog

          Follow your dreams, and bring the public a fresh take on old franchises!

    • Nathan

      Almost sounds like There Will Be Brawl.

  • Danny Driskell

    I see the game Monolith Soft is working on, that’s all I care about really. Probably will get me to buy a Wii U.

  • Pafsafasafs

    Online Star Fox? Why, yes please!

  • Kevin Eisele

    Unfortunately they’re just realizing this now, when they should’ve realized it years ago with the GameCube & Wii, both of which had online gameplay (to a very limited extent on GameCube), but no dedicated network. Even now, Nintendo Network lacks key features that modern gamers have come to expect; like Party Chat, Cloud Storage, Account-Based Saves, and the ability to send Game Requests to friends. This can change with updates now that they have a Network in place, but until it does, they’ll never be able to successfully compete with Microsoft & Sony in the online gaming market.

    • Blake Wigert

      And generally a good solid connection, this among other reasons caused me to oust CoD from my life probably a good thing

    • Blake Wigert

      True but don’t you have to pay to use XBOX Live and PSN? Or is my ignorance showing