Hiroshi Yamauchi, President of Nintendo recently held an interview with Japanese business paper The Nihon Keizai Shimbun. In the interview, Yamauchi confirms the rumors that Gamecube would have been delayed if the E3 showing had not gone well. He also is quoted as saying “Unless the business(Internet games) proves profitable, Nintendo will not be involved in Internet games.” Interesting to hear considering that Sega is developing Phantasy Star Online 2 for the Cube.
I think that Nintendo will personally hold out on developing online games until they see whether or not consoles can fare well online. I think that the Cube will be online long before Nintendo themselves are.
Head over to Computer and Video Games.com for the rest of the interview.