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Nintendo I love you but…

You need to work on the “community” aspect of your system. Yes this is yet another open letter to a company that will never read it. But the last one worked so well I decided to do it again. But before I start I just want to say that I love the Wii, it’s quite possibly the greatest system ever made, it’s just that there are a few issues; lets address them here shall we?

Nintendo is selling the Wii as a system for getting people together, promoting it’s great multi player games both on one console and over the Wi-Fi connection. Just one problem, these games don’t exist…yet…and people have already pointed this out, so I don’t even need to bother. What I will talk about is the fact that Nintendo seems to want to stop people from actually using the wi-fi system when it finally is up.

For those of you who have guess yes this is about the friend console code system on the Wii. Why do I have a problem with it? well for one it’s apparently not being used, from what I understand Pokemon Battle Revolution has it’s own friend code, so why do we even need a console code? So we can send messages to our friends, but how can we find these people to play with if we actually have to know them to get their code? Yes I understand that Nintendo is trying to protect people from online predators, and that’s a good cause, but what about those of us who are adults and are capable of talking to people online without feeling the irresistible urge to go meet these people in dark alleyways in the middle of the night.

So what’s the solution to this problem? Well you already have all those fancy parental controls on the system, why not just have the option to limit online interaction to consoles that have shared friend codes. And for everyone else we can use a nice little matchmaking service that you kids could probably whip up in a week or so. Why do we need these console codes anyway? I mean really? The second anyone signs into the Wii store the console code is linked to a myNintendo account isn’t it? Why can’t we just use our myNintendo accounts to share contact information. You still have control over the information there and it’s something that is easier to remember and pass on. For example, every website on the web is really known by a “console code” (IP address) but who bothers remembering IP addresses when a domain name is so much easier? And this gives you so many options for game tracking and all that other fun stuff.

For a long time Nintendo has been trying to shed a “kiddie” image but the console code system seems to be a step back rather then a step forward. It’s hard to seem like a system for everyone when you still treat all of your users like children. What if you treat everyone like adults and let the adults decide who the system should treat like children. Sadly it’s entirely too late to fix the DS — as far as I know — but it’s not too late to fix the Wii, these changes can be made and pushed to the consoles before the first batch of multi player games are ready. I know, the changes won’t be ready to actually put into the games, but the games can be patched when they connect to the web for the first time to make use of the system.

One of my favorite parts of playing games online is meeting new people to play with but I’m going to be missing out on this aspect with the Wii as it is now. I’m not going to hold my breath until Nintendo fixes the system, but I can hope that they at least consider it. And yes, I know I didn’t link sources for my information. It’s mostly because I’m being lazy today and partially because I started this post on my Wii and it would have been way too much of a pain to figure out how to link things through that interface.

Tomasz Kolodziejczyk on December 22nd, 2006 | Filed under Nintendo, Personal, Tech | 1 Comment »

One Response to “Nintendo I love you but…”

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