Christopher Grant writing at The Verge:
…Nintendo had three separate opportunities to talk Wii U, with events for Japan, Europe, and North America. And after all this, with absolutely no shortage of opportunity, the most notable thing about Wii U for me isn’t what Nintendo’s shown us but rather what it’s failed to show.
While there were many things missing from Nintendo’s showing yesterday, there is one omission whose absence stands in such stark contrast to the rest of the industry, and even to Nintendo’s own messaging today, that it’s the obvious place to start: an online service.
Very recommended read if you’re interested in Nintendo’s future. The company has never been a leader in online gaming. Quite honestly, it’s almost been dragged kicking and screaming into offering the meager services it does today on Wii and Nintendo DS/3DS.