I'm worried we are all going to be disappointed. Online is where it is at for the future and PS3 and 360 are on top of it. We haven't heard anything remotely exciting from nintendo, all we do is speculate that it has to be there because of their competition. In all honestly, I think nintendo is going to let us down. I sincerely hope I am wrong, but that is what I see for the future.
I think we'll get an insight into how Nintendo hope to manage their online service next month when Mario Strikers is released. If the interface used to select online opponents is any good then maybe it will show that they are at least thinking about their online service.
Incidentally, I added my first 'friend' on my Wii last night and was amazed that there is no record of that fact at all made by my Wii. At the very least I was expecting a message in my 'inbox' saying that I now had a friend, or contact. Primitive to say the least. And as for both parties having to independently add each others 16 digit (16?! wtf?!) code that surely needs to be changed!! Maybe the possibility to change that code for a unique alias (much like XBL’s gamertag)?
If Nintendo’s focus is on local multiplayer rather than online, maybe we are set to be disappointed. But I’m sure that Nintendo are naïve enough to ignore the importance of an online service in todays market.
I feel like they'll do just enough online to keep wii owners happy, I don't feel like they're going to be innovative in this area. They're too worried about "wii being a gateway or porn" type allegations. It can't be argued that many wii owners are younger than the majority of xbox owners. I'm just very pessimistic when it comes to online after seeing the friend code system and hearing about the DS wifi games.
Whoever said that all we do is speculate, you're right but that's all we have to go on nintendo hasn't given us enough info on anything about everything, perhaps leading up to one BIG outbreak of online and all new online games and channels. Highly doubtful but hopeful none the less for me.
I hadn’t thought of Nintendo being concerned about the Wii being to porn but they must have considered that when they decided to include a web browser on there. As must Sony when they added a browser to the PS3. Do the parental controls limit the web browser at all?
I’m afraid speculating is all we can do for now. Like I say, maybe we’ll get a taster of how Nintendo aim to implement their online service next month but I really would like to see them improve the service sooner rather than later. Maybe it’s unfair to compare the Wii’s service to Xbox Live (even Sony’s online service isn’t a patch on that yet) but I think Nintendo still need to get the very basics in place even to be considered as a player in the online gaming domain.