Posted on July 01 2011 by Nathanial Rumphol-Janc
That’s right. Activion’s CEO Bobby Kotick believes the new Wii U online system is ‘extremely promising’. That’s quite a statement, seeing as how they don’t even really know how it will function yet. Activision is one of the biggest online multiplayer parties out there, and it makes me even more anxious about how this system will work.
I used to play Super Smash Brothers Brawl on my Wii, but it wasn’t very engaging. I just played with my brothers instead. The online play for Nintendo has always been a hit and miss for me, so this statement really makes me wonder. How exactly will the Nintendo online system ‘Wow’ us. I know it’s going to. It’s Nintendo, and they are known for going beyond. It’s why we love them so much.
“Well, without telling you our title plans, it’s now more possible to do deep rich multiplayer games – we need more clarity from Nintendo on the online capabilities, but we’ve had development systems for a while now and we’re very enthusiastic about it…
When asked about the new Vita, his tune changes slightly
It is a fantastic piece of hardware. Technically, we’re super excited about what we can do on it, it’s really something incredible. The question is, where is the market?
I think the pricing was surprisingly affordable, the product itself is really great – so the questions is, is there a need in the marketplace for a very specialised portable device of that capability? Hopefully there will be because it’s a really nice product and its very well differentiated from what you can get in even the most capable smartphone or tablet today.”
One of the things I’ve always enjoyed about Nintendo is the affordability. As a kid growing up, I could always combine my brother’s money with mine to get the latest games and handhelds. The Nintendo 3DS was within my price range, and I am so far enjoying the hand held system. The Wii U will also probably be within an understandable price range. If I were to compare affordability with Nintendo and Sony or Microsoft, I’d have to say Nintendo aims towards making their products easier on my wallet.
How the new hand held and Wii U will fit in the marketplace is hard to tell for me. When I think of comparing the I’m taking a marketing class for gaming starting next week, so I want to hold off on commenting on his last statement until I can give a more accurate opinion. I personally don’t really think of the tablet controller as a real ‘tablet’ like the iPad.
This new console is going to be a great piece. I’m really excited for it, though maybe a bit more than Bobby Kotick. Are you ready to play a multiplayer from Activision on the Wii U? I am!