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Submitted by legendoflex 1166d ago | opinion piece

Nintendo Land: Leaving Out Online Play is a Huge Mistake

GenGAME writes: "...there’s one area of technological advancement that Nintendo has stubbornly refused to take that I think will come back to shoot them in the foot – the lack of fully online multiplayer experiences. Sure, Nintendo aims its consoles at kids as well as dedicated gamers, so an emphasis on local play is to be expected. But with Nintendo Land, the flagship multiplayer title for Wii U, completely leaving out online play, Nintendo is sending a message that what they think is important in terms of online connectivity isn’t in touch with what gamers want. (NintendoLand, Wii U)

PopRocks359  +   1167d ago
While it's disappointing, we're talking about a bunch of tech demos. In all honesty, I'd rather they devote that sort of manpower toward online modes for games more deserving of it, like New Super Mario Bros. U or the later to come Smash Bros. title.
Erimgard  +   1167d ago
Not all of them are "tech demos"
Metroid Blast, for instance, actually looks like a pretty detailed multiplayer shooter game.
PopRocks359  +   1167d ago
Perhaps tech demos was not the best term to use. However, I stand by that unless you were selling them for $5 a pop, you could not sell the Nintendo Land attractions individually as their own standalone titles. Not unless each one has a lot of levels, in which case I'd of course be wrong.

That said, the online in this game is not essential. It would have been nice, but it's not a deal breaker for me, especially since my copy is coming with my Wii U.
The_Infected  +   1167d ago
Yea it was a big mistake. Even ZombieU don't have online multiplayer. I'm having second thoughts about the WiiU. I pre ordered it but if they don't get some online play going I'll cancel and stick with my Xbox 360 and get Black Ops 2 and Halo 4.
legendoflex  +   1167d ago
ZombiU actually does have some dimensions of online multiplayer. From the official site: "MERCY KILLER – When your character gets infected, your online friends are alerted of your death and can come and hunt down your zombified character to loot the gear in your BOB and put you out of your misery!"

While it's not really competitive play or true co-op play, they're at least trying to make your connections to other players have SOME bearing on your experience.
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legendoflex  +   1167d ago
Personally, I think it's an insult to call the Nintendo Land attractions "tech demos." Heck, I think it's an insult to call them mini-games - just like it would have been an insult to call the arcade games ported to NES tech demos or mini-games.
DivineAssault  +   1166d ago
i really dont think many games will use online just like the wii.. sure itl be there but i doubt u can talk in many of them if its even available.. This crap is exactly what i expected.. Tekken tags online isnt like the others, mario bros u isnt online, zombie u isnt online.. im cool on this anyway.. This is a compilation of tech demos for assymetric game & gamepad gimmicks w a $60 price tag.. get real, theres no excuse for something like this not to have it.. this game is a bunch of phone games crammed together in nintendo themes w new ways of playing em..get ur act together nintendo.. its 2012 already
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dark-hollow  +   1166d ago
Yeah let's all jump to conclusions just because couple games on launch don't have online! /s

seriously Sony fanboys of you aren't interested in the console then spare us from your thoughtful "opinions" please.
BrutallyBlunt  +   1166d ago
It will be a HUGE mistake if games like Call of Duty Black Ops 2 do not measure up in the online department. If Nintendo has any hopes of regaining the hardcore crowd the online must be comparable, or hopefully even better.
DivineAssault  +   1166d ago
im a fan of both sony & nintendo.. Im just starting to see why so many ppl dismiss their stuff.. I will buy wii u one day cuz i love their craftsmanship in 1st party.. I just wont buy at launch or full price anymore.. If there was an HD twilight princess or something zelda related like the wii, i would buy it just for that.. Nx gen is too close for me to blast $400+ on something that doesnt have anything i like in sight & slacking in the network department in 2012.. My vita launched having online, trophies, networks functions, cross game chat, etc so why doesnt this have it? Skype, netflix, hulu, & most of that is on there now too so i dont need a wii u already having both PS3 & vita.. But like i said, ill buy it eventually
Qrphe  +   1166d ago
Wait what? Not thapt I would have ever buy this game but no multiplayer? So those F-Zero and Metroid minigames don't have online? Weird
BLow  +   1166d ago
I'm just surprised that this is not a bigger issue. I mean this system is coming out in two months and we know absolutely nothing about it's online features. Yeah it's Nintendo, but why are they getting a free pass for this. I know know online isn't everything but come on give us something. Show COD running multiplayer or something. I guess since it's Nintendo, we have to give them a chance and wait until they decide to release some info. Man, let this have been Sony or MS. This site would be going nuts. Oh well...Guess I'm the only one that finds this a bit strange....Later
mike1up  +   1166d ago
Lack of online play didn't hurt WiiSports, so I really don't see it being bad for Nintendo Land. That is, unless you were really expecting it *shrugs*. The focus of Nintendo Land is asymmetric gameplay/local multiplayer, remember?

That being said, I am personally leaning towards the basic package. I was never really sold on Nintendo Land. Online play has nothing to do with it. I enjoyed the September 13th conference, but I just couldn't warm up to Nintendo Land. I might as well use that $50 towards another game, pro controller, or external hard drive.
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a_adji  +   1166d ago
I though the same thing. How can you have such an awesome game set and not have online play that would give it some longevity.

As a Nintendo fan, that was a dumb move.
3-4-5  +   1166d ago
online Mario Chase would be a lot of fun.

Actually yea I kind of agree, having no multiplayer is a mistake.

What they will do though, is either create Nintendo Land 2 to help both promote other franchises and to add online mode.

Or they will re-release this again in a couple years with online mode added.
legendoflex  +   1166d ago
Mario Chase alone (when I played it at E3 2011 in its original demo form) sold the system to me. Glad to see someone else appreciates it!

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