EA Sports boss and part-time cat Peter Moore has stated that Nintendo understands the importance of online multiplayer, despite all evidence to the contrary. Moore thinks the Wii U represents a "huge" online commitment.
"It's critically important to us and we are relieved, if anything else, that they have made a huge [online] commitment that they have presented to us," said the feline executive to Industry Gamers. "Online certainly was not a factor with the Wii, as you know; although they had capabilities, it just wasn't there at the level that both Xbox Live and PlayStation had. But I think Nintendo totally gets that multiplayer, building community, co-op play, having the ability to bring games that are deeper -- all of these things are now very important."
Moore also argued that the Wii U won't be a "transitional" console: "People will start talking about it being a transitional platform. And I don’t think that’s going to be the case, and here’s why. I think the [tablet] controller [is huge]. This is not about specs anymore... This is about, as it was with the Wii, is the controller a unique way of enjoying a game experience, regardless of what the graphic fidelity is?"
The thing is, I think people are getting over that whole "unique controller" thing. Will Nintendo make lightning strike twice and have the mainstream consumer go as ga-ga over tablet controls as it did for motion? It seems unlikely.
Nintendo Wii U Won't Be 'Transitional' Platform, says Peter Moore [Industry Gamers]