Nintendo isn't exactly what comes to mind when I think 'distress'.  After all, Nintendo's been making excellent games and systems since before I was born.  Though, several of their recent decisions have got me scratching my head, wondering if even the Big N knows what they're doing.

I'm talking of course about the Wii U, or "The Siren" as I've dubbed it.  And so should you, because a lot of what they're planning with this new console should be cause for concern, especially for those with a soft spot for Nintendo.

Good to see Jim Cramer shares my sentiments.

When it was announced, the new Nintendo console promised an excellent selection of third party games along with the hardware to back it up.  It sounded like a home run.  Being able to play games online with friends over a Nintendo console has been the subject of dreams since the days of the GameCube.  The Wii fell far, far short of my expectations, to say the least.  A poor catalog of third party games, coupled with sub-par visuals and unreliable internet (Friend codes!) didn't deliver on the promise of online gaming.  Needless to say, I ditched my Wii for a 360.

Pictured:  The New Dreamcast...?

A lot of what I love about the 360 is its variety in games annually and the ability to play said games online with my friends.  With the Wii, it was waiting months until the next Nintendo title came out, and the occasional Virtual Console purchase, which is the best thing on the Wii.  Seriously.  Nowadays I can go into my local GameStop, look at the 360 shelves, and be able to find a handful of great games that have both just released and have been for a while.

With The Siren on its way, a lot of what they're talking sounds promising; visuals on par with the 360, I'm all for the dual sticks and the screen could be (hopefully) useful in good games instead of just a gimmick.  And so far, with the announcement of games like Assassin's Creed and developers like Valve and Square already whipping up titles for the Wii U, and even the Friend Codes being repelled are music to my ears.  Something that stands out, however, is the fact that a good online experience isn't going to be one of Nintendo's goals.

"I'm gonna need a bigger sword.  Or at least some internet up in this b*tch!"

I'm not one to make hasty accusations, but this sounds like the stupidest thing Nintendo's said concerning the Wii U since, well, the Wii U (I'm talking the name, not the console itself).  Basically, Nintendo's saying that they're not aiming to become number one on the online front.  And now that I think about it, can you really blame them? 

Some of their best-selling franchises like Super Mario and Legend of Zelda are incredible single player experiences.  What need is there for online in either of those games?  Sure it would be nice to play with others over online, but it wouldn't be the end of the world for me.  Some of Nintendo's kids could really use the online boost however, such as Metroid, Donkey Kong, and Star Fox (who has been left off the Wii for TOO LONG NINTENDO!), where online interactivity with friends could be a downright deal-breaker.  And while Nintendo's recent stance on online is disappointing, I don't think it will be the end of the world.

At least it looks better than the Wii.  That's all we can keep telling ourselves for now.

Nintendo doesn't exactly say they're not going to be involved in online at all; The Siren did away with Friend Codes and now has some third party backing to rest its head on.  So maybe we're not reading into this whole online goal for Nintendo.  They're not striving to make triple-A online titles, so maybe that 's where the third party developers come in.  While it sucks, to say the least, that Nintendo doesn't seem to be appealing to hardcore gamers (again), the fact that there are outside developers that have and probably will make great online titles for the Wii U.  That of course, is as long as Nintendo is willing to let them put it on their console (Wii certainly hope so!).