Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has stated that he doesn’t believe OnLive’s recently revealed games service can stand up to the challenge posed by the quality of modern console software – though he does believe it could be an interesting proposition for the PC sector.
I haven’t spent any time up close to understand their opportunity,” Fils-Aime told Venturebeat. But from Nintendo’s perspective, what drives this category are the games. We’ve said it many times. And for us – Mario, Zelda, Smash Bros, Brain Age – those franchises are what drives the consumer to enjoy our industry and that’s what drives our growth.
None of those franchises are going to be on a competing platform such as OnLive.
Based on what I’ve seen so far, their opportunity may make a lot of sense for the PC game industry where piracy is an issue. But as far as the home console market goes, I’m not sure there is anything they have shown that solves a consumer need. What’s the better experience in what they have described?”