Despite a number of high-profile first party games lacking online play, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime has told IGN that online play is always important. However, Reggie revealed that when developers at Nintendo are making a game, they think about the type of experience that they want to see happen. For a game such as Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U they created an experience that was multiplayer in the same room, rather than online.
“Online play is always important. I guess maybe people read into it, when a Nintendo first-party game doesn’t have connected play, that somehow we’re not interested in connected play. The reality is that when our developers are making a game, they think about the type of experience that they want to see happen. And so for Super Mario 3D World the development team wanted people to be in the same space, having that fun enjoyment, that’s the vision that they had in their head. So they created an experience that was multiplayer in the same room. That doesn’t mean that we don’t care about connected gameplay. It’s just that the developers have a vision for what we want to bring to bear. We do exceptionally well in that in-the-same-room multiplayer experience.”