And it’s totally not as slutty as that headline might lead you to believe, but sex sells, and sex in headlines sells stories – or so I’m told. Anyway, Nintendo plans on being a little less tight-fisted when it comes to the online capabilities of its upcoming, we-put-a-screen-in-your-controller Wii successor, the Wii U.
Traditionally, console manufacturers have walled off their online functionality, meaning game publishers have to play by their rules. Microsoft’s Xbox Live is the best example of this. There is no third-party online functionality found on the Xbox 360. You want your game to have online features? Then you play by Microsoft’s rules for Xbox Live.
Sony, however, has since started relaxing their online chokehold on the PlayStation Network. Case in point: Steam Works, a completely separate yet integrated online platform, is now available on the PlayStation 3. This, obviously, makes Valve very happy as it opens up a ton of traditionally PC-only features to the PlayStation 3, making their lives a lot easier and their games more commercially viable.
So what’s Nintendo up to?