Nintendo is making a lot of improvements with the Wii U. It is now pushing HD graphics, a phenomenal new controller and of course, online multiplayer with the new Nintendo Network. It’s pretty odd then that Nintendo Land has no online multiplayer, right?
IGN asked Takayuki Shimamura why this is the case. He says that it’s because it’s more fun to have people playing and communicating in the same room, as “the biggest mission of Nintendo Land development was to bring across the charms of this new game structure involving a large TV screen and a smaller GamePad in your hand.”
He goes on to say how it is also important to have players play out their different roles in the same space, and that “one of the themes we paid attention to during development was how fun it is for you and your friends to talk with each other while playing, so the game is balanced based on the concept that the group of people involved is all interacting with each other at once.”
This makes sense, as Nintendo Land multiplayer is always different depending on the controller used (GamePad or Remote) and role chosen. For anyone disappointed in the lack online multiplayer, at least we have the new iterations of Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. in the future, as well as many other first- and third- party titles.
[Source: My Nintendo News]