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Iwata: Don’t Expect Call of Duty Style Games From Nintendo

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Posted on July 12, 2012 AT 06:05pm

Despite the Wii U’s increased support for online play, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has said that Nintendo’s first party games won’t look to compete with online multiplayer-focused heavy hitters like Activision’s Call of Duty franchise.

“The strength of Nintendo is definitely creating game experiences for people who can play in the same room together and enjoy them together. I think this is the strength we are coming from and if you look at our games and how they’re structured; this is the starting point (for our games),” Iwata explained during a recent interview with the Independent.

“But we also have titles like Mario Kart that are heavily reliant on online and support online multiplayer. But you shouldn’t be expecting Call of Duty-like games to be offered from Nintendo.  For that type of game my belief is that, if there are companies out there who can do this very well, then instead of us try to do it this, or to compete with them, it would be better to have them do it on our platforms, so to invite them and to support them to offer this kind of entertainment on our platform.”

In other words, don’t expect Nintendo to roll out Mario Kart Elite anytime soon.

Josh Harmon, Associate Editor
Josh Harmon picked up a controller when he was 3 years old—and he hasn't looked back since. This has made him particularly vulnerable to attacks from behind. He joined EGM as an intern following a brief-but-storied career on a number of small gaming blogs across the Internet. Follow him on Twitter @jorshy. Meet the rest of the crew.

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