In a new discussion with Kotaku, Shigeru Miyamoto discussed the lack of online multiplayer in Super Mario 3D World. While Miyamoto admitted that online multiplayer is possible for Nintendo achieve, and while other games like Mario Kart 7 and Kid Icarus: Uprising have included the feature, Miyamoto contended that it “simply wasn’t the focus” for Nintendo with 3D World. He went on to explain that for the Mario series, Nintendo is currently interested in focusing on the multiplayer experience with people in the same room.
It is difficult to say how the inclusion of online multiplayer could have affected sales of the game, but given how many gamers were upset when Nintendo announced the mode would be missing, it seems like the company is losing out on potential console sales for the fast-sinking Wii U. Here is Miyamoto’s full quote addressing Nintendo’s stance about online multiplayer for Super Mario 3D World:
“While online play is certainly technically possible for us, it simply wasn’t the focus for us this time around. What we really wanted to do was to create something that people could experience fully while playing comfortably with others who were nearby them, and this is something we decided would be best for Pikmin and the best case for Mario here as well.
“Now that is to say the answer to this question might change in ten years time, if there’s a future game where for example we don’t think it’s important to be able to see the face of the person you’re playing with, then we might be able to focus more on some online function there. But for right now our focus is really on a comfortable play experience with people in the same room.”