Nintendo Skipping Twitch on Wii U Because Streaming Isn’t Fun
Nintendo has stated that they will not be offering the popular streaming platform Twitch on the Wii because it’s simply not fun to watch.
Speaking with Polygon at E3 2014 this week, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime reminded everyone that Nintendo’s priority is making ‘fun’ things happen and “streaming 30 minutes of gameplay” isn’t fun.
“We’re looking to do a lot of great things with Twitch,” he said. The Nintendo Treehouse Live at E3 that we’re executing through Twitch is doing fantastic numbers. 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?”
Fils-Aime continued saying that in Nintendo’s view, Mario Kart TV is a better alternative. He of course was talking about the content sharing feature in Mario Kart 8 that allows users to share their racing highlights, reels and the like.
“You can make some choices as to what parts are going to be shared,” he said. “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.”
Nintendo’s stance against Twitch is pretty strange, since the numbers speak for themselves. Twitch has grown rapidly in popularity with PC titles in the past years, and with the advent of the PS4 and Xbox One, has only expanded its borders.