The Wii U isn't exactly flying off the shelves the same way the Wii was, but that's not a major issue for Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto. Neither is the company's apparent disinterest in online play.
In a recent interview with New York Times, Miyamoto was asked what the most exciting thing about video games at this point in time. In response to that, he refers to Nintendo's lack of online support and comments on the gaming community's new love affair with the Internet:
"For a long time at Nintendo we didn’t focus as much on online play because for many years doing so would have limited the size of the audience that could enjoy those features. But certainly now we see that so many people are connected to the Internet. It opens up a tremendous amount of possibilities."
Seems Nintendo has finally decided that in the year 2013, the Internet is kind of a big deal. Enough so for them to start supporting it through their hardware.
Speaking of hardware, the Wii U is still slow to pick up, having seen three consecutive months in lackluster sales. In North America, launch week saw around 400,000 units sold (older Nintendo hardware continues to sell well), while November and December 2012 didn't see any major spikes.
That doesn't bother Miyamoto much, though. When asked whether he was disappointed at all, Miyamoto replied:
"I think that the Wii U still has a long future. We really view it as being the ideal device that families are going to want to have connected to that screen in the living room that everyone is going to gather around and watch. Certainly in the short term I would want to see it performing with probably a little more momentum. I think in the long term I’m not at a point where I’m concerned yet."
Recently, Miyamoto also spoke on the current and future state of the Wii U console. He's promised that Nintendo will be issuing improvements this summer that should boost performance.