Nintendo's online blows and everybody knows it. Nobody likes having to enter "friend codes" and then not even being able to smack talk their friends -- the same friends that it took five minutes to register in the first place. Nintendo realizes that the current online system set up for the Wii sucks, and apparently they are working on it.
In the wake of E3, a recent Investors Relations Q&A with Nintendo President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime popped up in which Reggie admitted that Nintendo is "not currently satisfied" with their present online interface.
"Of course, I have heard commentary that people feel that Nintendo’s online functionality is behind the others or is lacking in some ways. And I can say that we are not currently satisfied with the online efforts that we have made so far, and we are working at ways to improve those. On the other hand, I do not think that online functionality is something that we should be devoting resources to for every single product. Instead, I think that Nintendo’s ability to create an offline experience that feels incredibly unique and compelling is a particular strength that we have."
It's nice to know that Nintendo plans on improving their online because it is not quite up to par. Whatever game plan they may have for their online future couldn't possibly make it any worse then it currently is. Based on rumors floating around the internet, Nintendo could take their first steps with the 3DS. The 3DS is confirmed to constantly update games via a new feature while it's still in sleep mode.
Nintendo hasn't said what features they may be trying to improve, but I'm sure we'll find out just how far they plan on taking their next online step as soon as some more info is released on the 3DS in the coming months.
What do you think Nintendo should do to enhance their current online capabilities? What other features would you like to see improved on Nintendo consoles?