I guess it seems to be their new marketing model: avoid direct competition with rivals at all costs. This is easily noted by the different nature of the games and hardware on both their portables and their home console platforms.Originally Posted by Wiinter
Maybe they're just afraid that Goldeneye would just finally be one more thing Nintendo's critics would be able to use to slam Nintendo into an issue they don't want to deal with. XBLA will release a version of Goldeneye with online play, and suddenly people will turn to Nintendo and ask "why doesn't your [possibly later-released] version have such a feature?" Or "It's bad enough so few of your games currently have online play, but being not able to support such a feature on a game for an outdated platform is just incompetence." Such issues seem to be heated enough already, but when a competitor goes ahead and outdo you on a game that was originally made exclusive for your products....
I guess it all comes down to bad publicity. It would simply go down as another reason for people not to take Nintendo seriously as a gaming platform, but rather a toy without some features their rivals can easily manage.
In the end it's not about making money, but potentially saving face from a bad image that would slow down their prowess and possibly lose money.
You want Goldeneye, though, find a proper way to complain/rant so that Nintendo will get the message. Blog about it, encourage others to write about it. Hopefully rather than be fearful of bad publicity, they'll...I don't know...actually work on improving previous works and spur an increase on product quality.