Nintendo boss Reggie Fils-Aime has said that the Wii U’s online platform will allow third party publishers to host their own digital services.
Nintendo boss iterated that the company will opt for a system that allows third-party publishers to host their platforms online rather than building an exclusive network around the console similar to Xbox Live and Playstation Network.
Fills-Aime said in an interview with Forbes:
For Wii U… what we’re doing is creating a much more flexible system that will allow the best approaches by independent publishers to come to bear.
So instead of a situation where a publisher has their own network and wants that to be the predominant platform, and having arguments with platform holders, we’re going to welcome that. We’re going to welcome that from the best and the brightest of the third party publishers.
Several rumors also indicate that the digital download platform Steam will be available on the next generation Wii successor when it is released World wide but there hasn’t been any confirmation.
This interview has left us with one of the biggest hints yet that services such as Steam would be possible to run on the Wii U’s online network.
Nintendo hasn’t yet revealed much about the robust online experience Wii U is expected to offer, but we understand that this will be one of the core services of the platform.
It remains to be seen how far Nintendo has gone to provide a compelling online experience but the company has been very vocal about its intention to reduce the gap between its competitors on online front, 3DS eShop being the first initiative taken.
Wii U is due for release 2012.