Nintendo would not be interested in making a massively multiplayer game unless "the service is fun if you're 5 or 95", according to company president Satoru Iwata.
Any such Nintendo product would also have to be accessible for people with a lack of computer literacy, Iwata told GameSpot. "If that's not a hurdle we can get past, it's not something Nintendo is going to pursue."
He says the "virtual-world services" currently in operation - Second Life was mentioned in GameSpot's question - "aren't at a place where we'd like to join in - and certainly not to the point that we'd want to jump into competition with everybody else."
Elsewhere in the interview, Iwata said he was confident that any problem with third-party sales on Wii "will resolve itself".
He compared the situation to DS, where it took almost two years for third parties to really get the hang of it, and cited December NPD Group data for the Wii to suggest that it's already happening in the home.
He pointed out that, based on the data, "Wii titles are outselling Xbox 360 titles, and only five of the 20 Wii titles on the list were created by Nintendo, with the remaining 15 from third-party developers."
"It feels like it takes a bit of time for popular perception to catch up to the actual sales figures," he added.