Nintendo explains why Super Mario 3D World didn’t have online multiplayer

Wednesday, 8th January 2014 12:18 GMT By Dave Cook

Super Mario 3D World producer Yoshiaki Koizumi has explained why the critically-acclaimed Wii U romp doesn’t feature online multiplayer. Can you guess why?

Speaking with Game Informer, Koizumi explained, “We’ve been testing online multiplayer since the days of Super Mario Galaxy, but with this title we really wanted to deliver an experience that you can share with family, friends, or your boyfriend or girlfriend in the same place like you did with the original NES. We really want players to have fun in front of the TV, talking while they help each other out or get in each other’s way.”

Now, at a time where we see a lot of folk screaming out for a return to classic split-screen play, is this a good thing, or would online multiplayer have been welcome on top of local play?


Via NintendoEverything & Nintendo Life.



  1. grizzlycake

    That splitscreen attitude is definetely something a lot of devs should take note from. However, I think offering online as well is simply a must in this day and age, even though I rarely use it on consoles.

    #1 12 months ago
  2. mistermogul

    I totally loved this game but not sure I would have played it split-screen or online.

    For me I want to be left alone while divulging in Mario’s 3D outings…

    #2 12 months ago
  3. Clupula

    @3 – It’s 2014, Nintendo. Families and friends don’t all necessarily live in the same house, or even town, anymore.

    #3 12 months ago
  4. RPRezo

    I think they actually said:

    “We don’t understand your Only-Ne thingies you’re keep pestering us about, and we don’t want to spend money on it. Who needs it anyway? Everyone always have three friends in close vicinity, willing to play Mario with them!”

    #4 12 months ago
  5. The_Red

    Go easy on poor ol’ Nintendo. They just found out about Internet a year ago.

    #5 12 months ago
  6. Dragon

    ^ LOL!

    #6 12 months ago
  7. xxxGamesMasterxxx

    I wonder why this isnt getting reported on?

    #7 12 months ago

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