Video game journalists are eventually going to run out of cute ways to insert the word 'Wii' into sentences... but that day isn't today.
During my daily perusal of the net today, I came across an article on arstechnica.com about the design considerations Nintendo had when creating the Wii. It's neat look at the hurdles they set for themselves and the line of thinking when making some of the design choices that separate themselves from Microsoft and Sony. Definitely check it out.
After reading that article and looking at the trailer for Red Steel... It made me wonder if this strategy for everyone having their systems on might be a way of using extra CPU power for Nintendo to have people start dedicated servers or a bittorrent-esq distribution system by people donating extra bandwidth and CPU power when they aren't using their systems; more of a game oriented focus then what Sony is planning to do with their partnership with Folding@home to use extra cell processing power for cancer and disease research.
Would it be ok if your system was used by the company who made it when you weren't using it for things that helped other players? Does it matter what the extra processing is used for?