Nintendo, we have a problem

In two days we will be exactly a month away from the launch of the Wii U in North America, but aside from Nintendo (and maybe including them) nobody knows how the online will work on the console. This is a problem.

How is it that in 2012, a video game company who competes (whether they admit they are in a competition or not) with Microsoft and Sony can launch a brand new console without giving anybody an idea of how one of the most important features will be utilized. Friend codes? Who knows. Party chat? I have no idea.

If Nintendo has learned anything from the launch of 3DS, one of the lessons should have been that gamers will not accept a half hearted effort in the online space. Hopefully Nintendo has a gameplan set for what they hope to accomplish with Wii U in the online space, but one would think that they would have at least filled us in by now, and that has me worried.

Sure, I have other consoles and I can go to them for a compelling online experience if Nintendo doesn’t deliver with the Wii U, but I shouldn’t have to settle for that. Mario Kart could be the best online racer around. Smash Bros. would make for many sleepless nights trying to climb up the leaderboards. Come on Nintendo, are you with me on this!?

What do you all think? Is Nintendo making you as nervous as they are making me right about now?

Eugene lives in New Mexico and has been a life long gamer since getting his hands on an NES. Always partial to Nintendo, Eugene has made it a point to keep informed on all things Mario.