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.
The Origins of Pikmin 3 [IGN]