No plans for Wii U Twitch streaming

Most gameplay streams aren't fun, Fils-Aime says

Nintendo does not plan to bring Twitch streaming to Wii U because most direct gameplay streams just aren't that much fun, Reggie Fils-Aime has said.

[E3 2014: All the news | All the Nintendo news | All the Sony news | All the Microsoft news | All the new Xbox One/PS4 games | All the videos and trailers]The president of Nintendo of America told Polygon that the company plans to partner with Twitch for more events like the Nintendo Treehouse E3 streams or the Super Smash Bros. Invitational.


But sharing raw gameplay, as both PS4 and Xbox One can do directly from the system, is not a priority for Nintendo.

"We don't think streaming 30 minutes of gameplay by itself is a lot of fun," Fils-Aime said. "What we've got to think through is, so what's fun about that? From a consumer standpoint, what's fun about it?"

Fils-Aime used Mario Kart 8's highlights-sharing feature as a counterpoint of greater curation making for a better experience overall.

"You can make some choices as to what parts are going to be shared," he said. "We think that makes it interesting, and obviously, the meme of the Luigi death stare is wonderful when that comes out of that type of experience. But in the end we've got to make sure that it's fun."

He said Nintendo will do more to highlight its games in the community and provide "a forum for players to learn how to play better" - like the Smash Bros. Invitational - in the future.

"But that's different than watching Joe Blow's 30 minute stream, which may or may not have something that's all that interesting."