The Wii U takes another step forward in utilising the intraweb thanks to Mario Kart 8. Nintendo today announced that not only will MK8 feature Mario Kart TV, but you'll also be able to directly upload the highlights of your races from in game straight to YouTube.
Not only this but we'll be seeing online MK8 integration with mobile phone and tablet apps which will allow users to check their rankings, watch videos uploaded by friends and more using their NNID. Both the apps and the MKTV web service will be released along with MK8 at the end of May. Satoru Iwata had the following to say about the new online services.
This web service will enable more people to easily watch Nintendo’s official videos, view rankings, watch videos that their friends have shared and videos of tournaments in which they have participated.
As I mentioned at the Corporate Management Policy Briefing in January, our policy is to establish consumer relationships based on accounts named Nintendo Network IDs, which are abbreviated as NNIDs. This “Mario Kart TV” (temp.) web service is available even for players without NNIDs, but by logging into the service with an NNID, they will be able to easily find their rankings, videos that their friends have shared, videos of tournaments in which they have participated, and it will be convenient to access this service through smart devices even when they are not at home.
We will work on providing this type of service so that players can enjoy video games more and be in contact with them even when they are not in front of a video game system.
Is this a service that's of interest to you? or do you believe Nintendo should be focusing their energies in other areas?