As Hydrohs explained, it would increase the price and Nintendo knows not to as it would make the Wii U less appealing in terms of cost. It doesn't help since the official price is now $300. So, seeing another model soon after the price cut could ultimately hamper their sales even further.
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Anyway, I actually applaud them for this. I'd rather play this game with people on my couch, rather then shouting at others on what to do through a headphone. Besides, there are those people online who do nothing but make it hard for you to complete the game. If someone does that in local multiplayer, at least you can reach over and hit them in the shoulder.
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Outright denying online service on the basis of promoting face to face interaction is stupid, though, especially in the west where it's much harder to get that face to face interaction with another Nintendo fan because of how few and far between they are. That's why I say this kind of thinking alienates western gamers, it denies a key component of their playstyle.
Online cooperative play would make the game worse, not better. You'll have players cursing at one another for not following instructions or doing what they are supposed to, and lets not get into character debates...
I do not even remember a single game with cooperative multiplater that allowed for online. Before you point to MOBAs or any team-based games, realize that platforming games are a whole different monster, it's you and your companions vs the level which you all are trying to compete, not you and your companions vs another group where your goal is to crush them.
Face-to-face interaction is actually a good thing and I'd rather more games adopt have. How many times have players received threats or has been made fun of by someone who has ragequit during a game because the player was being "cheap"? While it may sound harsh, I feel these kinds of gamers are poisoning the game industry and giving gamers a bad reputation for lashing out against something they do not like.
I find games more fun when you're playing with people you can see rather then hear through a headset. And even if it's isolating a large part of the industry, Nintendo has put some thought into this and made the better moral decision rather than a more practical decision. Besides, its not like they've not allowed for online at all, there's ghost data that is probably way more helpful.
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...It's not like anyone forces you to do online multiplayer. If you prefer local multiplayer, then that's fine. If you don't like online multiplayer, that's fine too; no one's forcing you to use it. No one's holding a gun to your head and saying that since the capability for online play is there, you're no longer allowed to do local multiplayer. And that's where the fundamental flaw in this argument lies.
A game can have both online multiplayer and local multiplayer, such that it caters to both sides of the spectrum. And isn't promoting inclusiveness in games a good thing?
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You're just overreacting to something that's not important to a main line Mario game. If it was Mario Kart and it didn't have online, then you'd make a case for yourself. However, Mario games have always leaned to people playing together in the living room.
I don't get what the huge deal is over SM3DW not having online. How would safe files even work? At least with local multiplayer you can load any file that's saved on the game being played
Online is best for games like Pokémon battles, Mario Kart races, Super Smash Bros battles, or even COD, etc. Those all have things that usually don't take too long and the gameplay fits better to playing with people online. Although I have no idea what the hell you would do in GTA V online besides destroy stuff or random missions, it's completely different than having to beat levels, worlds, and bosses that need to be unlocked with random people online who could possibly get kicked off or have to sign off for whatever reason.
Super Mario 3D World doesn't seem like that bad of a game to play alone...it looks fun. I guess what I'm trying to say that there are better suited games to have online. Why focus on this game having crappy online when they can be perfecting Mario Kart 8 and SSB Wii U and 3DS online? Those are the ones that really count
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They should make a Donkey Kong game (probably a spinoff) that would be a hybrid platformer/beat em up kind of like God of War or the Werehog in Sonic Unleashed. That would definitely add some variety to their lineup (since Donkey Kong Country is an otherwise generic platformer IP) and another hardcore gaming genre to their repertoire (since Nintendo essentially lacks any beat em up games).