Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata recently spoke in regards to the skepticism surrounding the Wii U, claiming that it will quickly dissipate in the near future.
“It is challenging to communicate attractions which are hard to understand unless you actually touch and experience them yourself,” he said. “Nintendo has paid a great deal of attention to the dynamic of people playing video games together in the same room. With Wii U, we thought about expanding this concept into separate rooms which are connected online. Miiverse is a network community dedicated to video games that represents a very unique game-dedicated social graph that has never existed before.”
He went on to add that the company has “not thought that offering the same features that already exist within other online communities would be the best proposal for very experienced game players.” Given that Nintendo tends to go against what is considered normal in the industry much of the time, this probably does not come as a surprise to many.
And on a more final note, he did go on to apologize for the day-1 patch that was required for the Wii U shortly after launch. “Personally I think that users should be able to use all the functions of a console video game machine as soon as they open the box,” he said. “So I feel very sorry for the fact that purchasers of Wii U have to experience a network update which takes such a long time, and that there are the services which were not available at the hardware’s launch.”