Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata has admitted that Nintendo isn't pleased with its online gaming presence, and plans to take a hard look at online functionality in its games from here on.
"Of course, I have heard commentary that people feel that Nintendo's online functionality is behind the others or is lacking in some ways. And I can say that we are not currently satisfied with the online efforts that we have made so far," admits Iwata, adding: "We are working at ways to improve those."
But it's not the be-all and end-all for Nintendo, he goes on to explain. "On the other hand, I do not think that online functionality is something that we should be devoting resources to for every single product. Instead, I think that Nintendo's ability to create an offline experience that feels incredibly unique and compelling is a particular strength that we have.
"Going forward, what we will continue to do is to evaluate the individual products and experience that we're creating on a product-by-product basis, and make a decision as to whether or not it's more important to devote resources to making that offline experience more fun and compelling for products where that is going to be the most important element of the game play
"And then for products where it is going to be more important, to add online functionality and make that online functionality robust and compelling."
We just hope Mario Kart 3DS has the online customisation feature Mario Kart Wii should have had. Why can't we turn off Blue Shells and extensively edit game settings, Nintendo?