Pikmin 3 Won't Have Online Multiplayer

As a massive fan of Pikmin 2's hugely underrated multiplayer, I'm sort of disappointed by this: according to Shigeru Miyamoto himself, Pikmin 3 won't be taking its multiplayer online.

"[I]n 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," said Miyamoto, speaking to IGN. "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."

Really? A game like Pikmin wouldn't work online? Really? When fighting games that require perfect, frame-by-frame control inputs, can be successfully played online, a strategy game like Pikmin can't? I find that extremely hard to believe.

"I think what we've decided to do is focus on the single-player and local multiplayer aspects, which are really fun," continued Miyamoto. "But unfortunately, no online multiplayer for Pikmin 3. But the co-op local multiplayer is really fun."

Considering the online focus Nintendo had at E3, I find the lack of online multiplayer disturbing. I like the idea of PIkmin 3 being a focused single player experience, but Pikmin 2's multiplayer added hours to my experience, and I was looking forward to Pikmin multiplayer being a proper competitive thing.

Ah well.

The Origins of Pikmin 3 [IGN]


    Of course there's no online multiplayer. Nintendo don't seem to understand the internet as a concept, and I've never heard of them having a popular online multiplayer title at all.

      Brawl, now you've heard of one =D. On a serious note yeah they really need to focus on online alot more, especially when the WiiU is restricted to only 2 Upads which makes multiplayer less multiple =/

    Kinda goes against what they said at E3 about embracing the internet, but hardly surprising, the internet is just a fad.

    I hope this is not a sign of things to come on the WiiU..

    He really had no idea, with a comment/response like that, did he? You can clearly see that he thinks of the internet in terms of geography.. that there really is a difficulty in sending packets (not frames) from one side of the world to the other.. that there are not already (and have been for years) many games that have 64-player games running with people from more than one physical location....

    I really, really hope it's not a sign..

    Also... is that an actual gameplay footage screenshot or just promo artwork?

    I'd love it if the game was as photorealistic as that...

      Just art. Watch the trailer, it looks like Pikmin 2 on GC.

    This is a sign of things to come on the WiiU. Nintendo are clueless when it comes to multiplayer.

    It's one thing to solve the problems involved with online fighting when they've already be tackled by other games. Street Fighter 4 wasn't the first game to try this, it was just one of the first to succeed so well.
    Nintendo have always taken the approach to make sure the experience is, if nothing else, polished.

    Online multi is something that Nintedo does not have a lot of experience with. Which is dissapointing, I was a big fan of Pikmin 2's multiplayer. Something like that online sounds amazing. Too bad Nintendo don't seem to know how to pull it off. Sad, since games like Shogun 2, BF3, etc can track many items in a large space with no problems.

    Seriously, what the fuck. Starcraft II works over the internet, and it has hundred of tiny units. Starcraft ONE worked over the internet too, AND THAT WAS A DECADE AGO! DAMN IT NINTENDO!

    i see a meme coming out of this

    Scumbag NIntendo
    "auto-logs you online as soon as you go on the Wii"
    "Wont play Pikmin 3"

    or something silly like that.

    this is the Nintendo that I'm getting sick of. They have these amazing franchises and they're just half assed about it

    I fully came in here wanting to support Nintendo but while typing I thought....you know what, we have every right to be dissapointed. Get your act together! It's bad enough they didn't implement online high scores for Ocarina of time boss attack, but do something to show that you care about online and do it with a shred of consistency so your core fans don't complain with every key release. Sigh.

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