A piece on the upcoming Nintendo Wii in the NYT (New Product by Nintendo for Holidays - New York Times) prompted this thought:
Microsoft's got its own networked strategy (that is pretty damn intelligent and should yield them a pretty penny in a few years), Sony thinks it has a strategy (it really doesn't) but what is Nintendo's?
So here's my prediction/suggestion: Nintendo should partner with one of the big online players (of course I would favor Yahoo! :) ) for some of the Internet services they're looking to provide.
Why go down the path of building their own photo services and Internet destinations? Work with one of us (or hell, several) to provide interesting web services that are particularly suited for the Wii. Sure, go ahead and develop casual games, but adapt the ones that Yahoo! has for play on the Wii. Take the casual games that Nintendo develops and make them available to the broader Internet community via Yahoo! It seems to me that there's a lot of complementary work that can be done here AND both Y! and Nintendo have stated their intentions to really focus on the mass market. Yes, both co's want to satisfy the needs of the hard core techie/gamer, but they also want to take the really innovative work in their respective spaces and apply them in ways that benefit the average user.
Am I missing something here? Is this a stupid idea for any reason?
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