The Wii U console’s first 3D Mario game and the first four-player 3D Mario game, Super Mario 3D World, will exclude online multiplayer. In an interview with Time, the game’s director, Koichi Hayashida, and producer Yoshiaki Koizumi have confirmed that Super Mario 3D World will only support local multiplayer. So, if you don’t have three other people in your household that are willing to play with you, you’re out of luck.
Time: Why the choice not to support online multiplayer in Super Mario 3D World?
Hayashida: I think that we’ve always wanted to focus on being able to see the other players around you. I always thought that was fun.
Koizumi: The first Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo Entertainment System had two controllers, so you could play multiplayer with someone right next to you. I think that we wanted to accomplish the same kind of feeling in a 3D Mario game for the first time.
Hayashida: I’ve always really enjoyed playing games with my children. In Super Mario Galaxy, we had the “assist play mode” that was available, but this is the first time that we’ve implemented a real multiplayer where the second player is moving a character around on screen in a 3D Mario game. And so I’m really happily looking forward to the experience of playing that with my kids.
Koizumi: And now that Peach has been included, I’m also hoping that people will be able to play the game with their girlfriends. Perhaps some of their girlfriends will find Peach as a more appealing character to play – or your wife, of course.