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Submitted by admiralvic 181d ago | opinion piece

“Anti Co-op”: How Nintendo Made Being a Jerk Fun

Hardcore Gamer: It really is hard to envision how Nintendo’s view of the cooperative mode in New Super Mario Bros. Wii and U, along with Super Mario 3D World came to be. Nintendo was trying to create a multiplayer experience for the Mario series, one tuned for action, but also accommodating for families and friends. But if you’ve ever played either of those games with friends, you’ll realize within the first go that the game wasn’t destined to be a “help your friends get to the end of the stage” kind of cooperative. Nintendo made a number of design choices that eliminate the cooperative vibe entirely, but whether they wanted to or not, they created a twist on multiplayer that sneakily stood between cooperation and competition, all while letting gamers embrace their own dark sides. (Wii, Wii U)

ChaosKnight  +   181d ago
This is VERY true. It really brings back the days of Mario Kart Battle, where even though you were huddled around a TV bonding with your buddies, you were kicking the crap out of each other.
hduce  +   181d ago
Wow a positive article about Nintendo and all I can hear is crickets. I bet you there won't be too much action in the comment section for this article but I bet you if it was a negative article the fanboys be out full force.
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JohnnyTower  +   181d ago
Some of the stars absolutely needed a 2nd player in Mario 3d and NSMB. My gf always runs the tablet and we help each other out. That's the kind of coop experience that keeps my gf gaming. And the more we play games together, the easier it is to justify my entertainment purchases. :)
deafdani  +   181d ago
Not sure about NSMB (haven't got all star coins on any of these games), but you can get all the stars in 3D World by yourself. :)

Of course, having other players help you makes it easier, and there are some stars that are absolutely brutal to get, especially in the later worlds. But yeah, it's perfectly doable playing solo.
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JohnnyTower  +   181d ago
Some of the stars in 3d world I could only get to by jumping on the other player to get enough height. Maybe there is a other way, but I found it helps having a partner for sure. Gaming together is what it's all about.
Dunban67  +   181d ago
My 8 yr old and his friends ONLY play the anti co-op way- At first I thought it would cause arguments between them- then I realized they were having a blast knocking each other off- They did compete for the crown - trying to steal it from each other in SM3DW - but had fun doing so
strickers  +   180d ago
It's quite simple. When they saw/ played Little Big Planet, they thought " this will work in a side scrolling Mario game AND being Nintendo people will say it's original. They always do. " ;-)
bwrighting  +   180d ago
Great article, having had many sessions of 3D world with 3 other friends it quickly turns into a competition, even for shared rewards such as coins. What I love most about nintendo is how it focuses on bring people together in the same room, not just online.

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