It looks as though Nintendo is really no longer listening to anyone when it comes to how people play games anymore. Most people do not sit around a TV to play anymore, they play with friends from all over the country and all over the world for that matter. So now the news comes out that there will be no online component to the highly anticipated Pikmin 3 just makes my heart hurt.
IGN sat down to talk to Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto about Pikmin and one of the questions that was brought up was online multiplayer. This is what he had to say:
“So in the case of Mario Kart, we did have online multiplayer, and that’s something that… You have to be very careful that you don’t drop frames as you’re trying to sync up with other players over what could be a very great physical distance, over the internet. But in the situation of Pikmin, for example, since you would have lots of individual, small creatures, the Pikmin, whose every movement and location is going to be really important in the game, it would be very difficult to sync up over an internet connection. So I think what we’ve decided to do is focus on the single-player and local multiplayer aspects, which are really fun. But unfortunately, no online multiplayer for Pikmin 3. But the co-op local multiplayer is really fun.”
Umm, what? Either the engineers at Nintendo are extremely stupid, which we know they aren’t, or Nintendo is lazy and doesn’t want to spend the money on the necessary infrastructure to build a robust online presence. I for one find it extremely disappointing that we are in the year 2012 now and we still have one of the big 3 making first party games without multiplayer that obviously need it. i think that we were all hoping to get a console from Nintendo that we could have our gamer tag on. Maybe next time….