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Iwata "Not Currently Satisfied" With Nintendo's Online Efforts

by Matthew Kato on Jun 22, 2010 at 09:30 AM

At an investor's meeting at E3, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata admitted that he isn't satisfied with Nintendo's current online presence, but he said that there's no one-size-fits-all solution to the problem.

"I can say that we are not currently satisfied with the online efforts that we have made so far," he told investors, "and we are working at ways to improve those." "On the other hand," he continued, "I do not think that online functionality is something that we should be devoting resources to for every single product." Iwata was answering a question as to why there wasn't online functionality for New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Iwata stated that the decision was up to Shigeru Miyamoto, but that Iwata himself believed that it was a decision based on how best to allocate time and resources.

While Iwata indirectly admitted what most gamers believe – that Nintendo's online strategy lags behind competitors Microsoft and Sony – he said that online is something that the company decides on a case-by-case basis, and that its ability to deliver a quality offline experience  is one of Nintendo's particular strengths.