Is that why Nintendo is so weird/backwards when it comes to online multiplayer?
I always just attributed it to the Japanese just not getting online multiplayer games, or online in general. When I lived in Japan, granted this was about 9-10 years ago, practically no one played online on their consoles, and PC gaming has never been a big thing in Japan, unlike Korea. Back when I lived there, most people accessed the internet through their phones.
Sony is better about online multiplayer than Nintendo, but only because Microsoft forced consoles into the 21st century, online wise, with Xbox-Live. Sony HAD to build a better online multiplayer system to compete with Microsoft. Nintendo… Nintendo has always been weird and stubborn and backwards when it comes to trends in videogames. Yes, they ushered in the whole motion-control thing, but I think Nintendo still suffers from the Japanese cultural blind-spot when it comes to online games.