SNK Boss Says Wii Online a Bust

March 6, 2007

In an [url=]interview[/url] last Friday, SNK President Ben Herman revealed that Nintendo may actually be responsible for the lack of third-party online games, saying specifically, “Nintendo is still not letting Wii third-party publishers include online capabilities in their games and it doesn’t look like they will during 2007.”

Nintendo’s online strategy, if indeed they have one, has always been something of a mystery. Still, this strikes me as something of a surprise, considering the Wii already comes with all the necessary hardware to support basic online offerings. There simply has to be more to this; I can’t think of any other reason why they would deliberately handicap a part of their business with such good prospects for future growth.