Legendary games designer Shigeru Miyamoto was recently asked by The New York Times what he was most excited about with regards to video game development. Miyamoto replied that online is something that he feels opens up a tremendous amount of possibilities. Despite the lack of online functionality for Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros U, it appears as though Nintendo might be ready to embrace online after all.
“For a long time at Nintendo we didn’t focus as much on online play because for many years doing so would have limited the size of the audience that could enjoy those features. But certainly now we see that so many people are connected to the Internet. It opens up a tremendous amount of possibilities.”
Nintendo has announced that Capcom’s Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for Nintendo 3DS will only be able to go online using a special Wii U adapter. The game will require a special LAN adapter that plugs into the Wii U, and a relay download tool is also required. The complex setup means that the Wii U version of the game can’t be played at the same time that the relay tool is being used for the 3DS version. You won’t be able to create a four player lobby, instead you will only be able to join a lobby that has been setup by a Wii U owner. The tool has only been announced for Japan so far.
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A Nintendo representative has confirmed to Kotaku that you’ll only be able to voice chat with select games. Games that will be supported include Assassin’s Creed 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. The Wii U GamePad includes a mic but you won’t be able to use it with in-game voice chat. Instead, you will need to purchase a headset from Turtle Beach or Mad Catz which will plug into the headphone jack. As you may already know, the Wii U Pro Controller doesn’t include a headphone port. You will have to use the headset on the Wii U GamePad, even if you want to play Black Ops 2 online with the Wii U Pro Controller.
“Wii U will have in-game chat functionality for select games, including, but not limited to, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Assassin’s Creed III and Mass Effect 3. This feature will be supported by licensed stereo headsets that plug directly into the headphone port of the Game Pad. Licensed headsets are available from Turtle Beach and TRITTON.”
- Nintendo of America via IGN
Capcom has explained exactly why the Nintendo 3DS version of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate doesn’t include online play. Monster Hunter producer Ryozo Tsujimoto revealed that the development team were having problems implementing a robust multiplayer experience on the Nintendo 3DS, so they decided that they shouldn’t release something that didn’t work well.
“To put it frankly, when we were developing the game we were looking into it but there were some places we were unsure about. We didn’t have the correct techniques to get it to work. We decided we probably shouldn’t release something that didn’t work well. We didn’t want to lower the quality of the game.”
Although Nintendo 3DS’ version of Monster Hunter Ultimate won’t feature online play, it was revealed during this week’s TGS that Monster Hunter 4 will support online multiplayer. Capcom confirmed that Monster Hunter 4 will launch in Japan in March 2013.
Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, is now selling Nintendo 3DS XL consoles. The Nintendo 3DS XL launched in North America on August 19th but today, a month later, is the first day the online retailer is selling the handheld. Amazon is still not selling, however, the original Nintendo 3DS, and you can’t pre-order a Wii U from it just yet.
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Christian Svensson, Corporate Officer and Senior Vice-President of Capcom has confirmed that the forthcoming Monster Hunter Ultimate for Wii U will use Nintendo servers for online play. Svensson then went on to say that he was very happy that Nintendo were supporting the online side of the game. The Nintendo 3DS version of Monster Hunter Ultimate will not feature online play.
US retailer Best Buy has now sold out of both the 32GB Premium Wii U console and also the 8GB Basic Wii U console online. The retailer has now completely removed the console from its website. Those looking to pre-order the console from Best Buy will be greeted by a page not found notification for both SKU’s.
Nintendo product manager Bill Trinen confirmed Wii U launch title Nintendo Land will not include online multiplayer in any of the 12 attractions; the only way to play with other people is through local multiplayer. While online features are important to Nintendo, Trinen believes it was a logical decision to not include online multiplayer in the upcoming game.
Nintendo Land is not. It’s not going to be played over the network. There’s actually a logical reason for why they decided to do that. I think for… Up until now, basically, when people have said, “What does a network mean for video gaming?”, the answer has always been “online play.” We look at online play and we think that it’s important, and obviously for games where it makes sense, we’re going to leverage it. But for Wii U launch specifically, one of the things that we want people to understand is that a network connection to a game can mean a lot of different things. It can mean online gaming, but it can also mean other unique ways to connect to other people.
-Bill Trinen, Nintendo product manager