Nintendo Land doesn’t feature online multiplayer; however, it includes local multiplayer for up to five players. IGN asked the party game’s director, Takayuki Shimamura, why there is no option to play its multiplayer minigames with other Wii U players online. According to Shimamura, it’s more fun to have players – with different designated roles – to be able to communicate with each other in the same room while engaged in a minigame. Do you wish Nintendo Land included online multiplayer, or are you lucky enough to always have other potential players in your household?
“The biggest mission of Nintendo Land development was to bring across the charms of this new game structure involving a large TV screen and a smaller GamePad in your hand.”
“With the GamePad, it’s now much more fun to have players carry out different roles in the same space. One of the themes we paid attention to during development was how fun it is for you and your friends to talk with each other while playing, so the game is balanced based on the concept that the group of people involved is all interacting with each other at once. As a result, we did not consider online-based multiplayer for Nintendo Land.”
-Nintendo Land director Takayuki Shimamura