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Great Rumbler
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has given an extensive talk on the state of the industry to the Japan Economic Foundation - including evidence from sales figures which he claims prove that online gaming is not yet an important factor.

Iwata presented sales figures for a PS2 online golf title which failed to match the sales of its offline predecessor (Sony's own Minna no Golf / Everybody's Golf titles, released in the west as Hot Shots Golf) as "proof that customers do not want online games."

According to highlights of his presentation which have been posted online, Iwata told the foundation that "most customers do not wish to pay the extra money for connection to the Internet, and for some customers, connection procedures to the Internet are still not easy."

Alone out of the three major platform holders in the current generation of hardware, Nintendo has been reluctant to commit to online gaming; the company launched a modem and broadband adapter for the console in order to support online titles from other companies, but has not developed any such titles of its own.

With both Sony and Microsoft's future console plans featuring online as a core component, it's still not clear how Nintendo will incorporate connectivity into its next-generation "Revolution" console - if at all.

However, the company has been much more positive about the potential of wireless connectivity for its handheld devices, launching a successful wireless adapter for the Game Boy Advance and integrating both Bluetooth and 802.11b Wireless LAN technologies into the forthcoming Nintendo DS handheld.

Elsewhere in his address to the foundation, Iwata also covered the perception of Nintendo as a company which targets its products largely at the kids market. "Game software should neither be exclusively be targeted at children nor adults," he said. "Instead, we will develop software which anyone can instantly understand."

However, he did acknowledge the growing trend within the industry for creating mature games, adding simply that "at the same time, production of software readily acceptable to adults is worth studying."

Speaking about Nintendo's relationships with third-party companies, Iwata hinted that more development deals with Western developers could be in the pipeline. "We intend to expand tie-ups not only with Japanese companies but also with foreign companies," he said. "We are now holding negotiations with major Western game developers and will be able to conclude a deal by the end of the year if things go smoothly."

He also touched briefly on the subject of Nintendo's ongoing relationship with Bandai - and this time strayed from his usual script on the subject by not directly denying the possibility of a takeover or merger, saying only that "a closer relationship would be beneficial for both sides and it will be nice if the two companies can work together in doing something interesting."

People might not want online golf, but that doesn't mean they don't want online Smash Brother or Mario Party!

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I fear for the future of Smash Bros. though. Melee is one of the best GameCube games around, but even still, the guy (I forgot his name) who was behind SSB isn't with Nintendo anymore. So who knows...maybe Melee will be the final Smash Bros.

If so, the franchise went out on a very high note, but it's a shame. Think of all the characters and new items that could be added...

If you ask me, they're going to go crazy with the new Smash Bros. and make it a launch title for Revolution. The one character I want to see in a Smash Bros. game is Tom Nook. I think Tom Nook would make a great character! They could do so much with him! Him, and Captain Olimar (toss Pikmin at opponents!)

Oh, such possibilities. Say it ain't so, Nintendo! Say there'll be another Super Smash Brothers! Do it for EdenMaster! I've been so good to you!

And if were online, well, the mere thought of that ma--*explodes*

Great Rumbler
They may be able to lure that guy back to work on another Smash Brothers or they may just decide to put someone else in charge of the next installment. Remember that the Zelda series has had several different directors.

Blah blah, the same stupid anti-online comments from Iwata. Maybe he should compare the sales of the various sports games released for multiple platforms and show how the versions with online play sell ten times the number of copies as the offline ones. Or the Tom Clancy games which sell great on the online consoles but very poorly on the GC. And later this year when EA goes online with the X-Box, compare the Madden '06 X-Box sales to the '05 sales, since '06 will be the first XB Madden game online. I expect the sales to drastically increase from previous years.

A Black Falcon
Yeah, it must have been a lot of work for him to find a online title to use as a way to say that it's a bad idea... and using one title as a defence for a stupid policy is just dumb. What is he thinking? It makes no sense at all...