In a recent interview, Nintendo of America’s Reggie Fils-Aime was asked on whether the Wii U would feature Twitch streaming as seen on both the PS4 and Xbox One. Reggie replied by saying that he simply does not see streaming or watching streams as “fun”, and since games should focus on fun, Nintendo will avoid putting the feature on the platform.
We don’t think streaming 30 minutes of gameplay by itself is a lot of fun.
We’re looking to do a lot of great things with Twitch. The Nintendo Treehouse Live at E3 that we’re executing through Twitch is doing fantastic numbers.
Your specific question of just purely streaming gameplay, what we’ve got to think through is, so what’s fun about that? From a consumer standpoint, what’s fun about it?
…Kart is fun because its a highlight of the race. You can make some choices as to what parts are going to be shared. We think that makes it interesting, and obviously, the meme of the Luigi death stare is wonderful when that comes out of that type of experience. But in the end we’ve got to make sure that it’s fun.
So for us, what we’re doing at the Nokia theater with the Smash Invitational, we loved that streamed because that’s where you are able to see how these players perform, the moves they make, you can learn something. That has value to us. And you can expect us to do more of that type of activity, highlighting our games and providing a forum for players to learn how to play better.
But that’s different than watching Joe Blow’s 30 minute stream, which may or may not have something that’s all that interesting.
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