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Nintendo Land's Nintendo Network

By Kevin on Sep 16 2012 08:08 AM
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When you look at the official box art for Nintendo Land, you notice a lot of different things happening. Aside from the attractive attraction Miis partaking in some awesome action, there are other noteworthy features that tell their own story. One of the more prominent features that should draw your interest is the branding of the Nintendo Network logo, located in the top-right corner. Now, prior to the North American Wii U Preview event, we knew nothing about how Nintendo Land and Nintendo Network would function together.

Following this event, a few of the 1up staff members had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Nintendo's Bill Trinen. Not only is Bill the translator for Shigeru Miyamoto, but he's also Nintendo's Product Marketing Manager, which means he knows things. When 1up asked Bill if there was any chance that any of the Nintendo Land attractions could be played via the Nintendo Network, here's what he had to say.

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Nintendo Land is not. It's not going to be played over the network. There's actually a logical reason for why they decided to do that. I think for... Up until now, basically, when people have said, "What does a network mean for video gaming?", the answer has always been "online play." We look at online play and we think that it's important, and obviously for games where it makes sense, we're going to leverage it. But for Wii U launch specifically, one of the things that we want people to understand is that a network connection to a game can mean a lot of different things. It can mean online gaming, but it can also mean other unique ways to connect to other people.

Miiverse is an important part of that. So for our first-party teams, particularly at launch, what they want to do is try to lead the way and show people different ways that you can use Miiverse in a meaningful way to connect the content to the Internet. They've put more of their focus on that Miiverse connection to Nintendo Network, rather than on online play. But I certainly anticipate that, as we're going deeper into the life of the Wii U and we're seeing more and more games from the first-party teams, we're going to start to see games that do have online play and things like that.

It's important to also keep this concept in mind for other future Wii U release titles. The Nintendo Network, in essence, brings a whole new meaning to how games are utilized when connected to the network.


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Comments: 3

That makes sense. It is just not going to be as easy (looking at the front cover of a game) to determine if it offers online play or not. NN will mean generally Miiverse integration and maybe more.

aquizero, on 16 September 2012 - 02:13 PM, said:

That makes sense. It is just not going to be as easy (looking at the front cover of a game) to determine if it offers online play or not. NN will mean generally Miiverse integration and maybe more.

I'm sure they will give some kind of information on the back letting you know if it has the ability to be played online right?

View Postquijas31, on 17 September 2012 - 09:57 AM, said:


I'm sure they will give some kind of information on the back letting you know if it has the ability to be played online right?

Yes that is true. The only difference is that at one time Nintendo had Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection right on the front and now Nintendo Network. I can see the average consumer confused if they compare the two. Thinking they are one and the same. As we know now that is not the case NN may mean Miiverse integration only.