Today was a really busy day for Nintendo. The company announced the official release date and price for the Wii U, and that info was much better than I thought it would be. $350 for the 32GB black model, which also includes Nintendo Land, heck yeah I’m on-board! I also think the new trailer for New Super Mario Bros. U looks outstanding. If all that wasn’t enough, I really enjoyed the new media functions of the system, Nintendo TVii, which allows you to combine several services like Hulu Plus, Netflix and others into one very simple-to-use interface. Well done Nintendo.
I know a lot of people think the Wii U is too little, too late, and it’s true I do think Nintendo will be in a bizarre situation in three year’s time, but for now I’m excited to see what Nintendo comes up with in terms of creating fun and enjoyable videogames. That’s what we’re all here for right? We don’t always need intense first-person shooters, or deep and engrossing role-playing games, sometimes I just want to jump on something’s head damn it!
There is one slight worry I have with Nintendo and the Wii U, and that’s online gameplay. First off, I’m not one of those people that spends 50,000 hours playing Call of Duty online, it’s just not my thing. What I do love though is a good co-op game. I just adore them. I was really ticked off that New Super Mario Bros. 2 wasn’t online, I mean come on guys! It would have been something else to play with my buddies online and go for the million coins, but as it is now I’m stuck playing all by my lonesome. I’m in my thirties and my real-life buddies don’t want to play Mario, so what am I supposed to do?
The Wii U has tons of awesome connectivity features like the Miiverse, and social media integration including Facebook and Twitter, but all of that is useless if I can’t grab hold of another COE-er and play them online. With today’s news that Nintendo Land would include new attractions from the Metroid and Mario series I said to myself that it would be an excellent game to mess around with online. Then it hit me, is this even online enabled? It must be right, I mean after all it’s being released in November 2012 for a system that has tons of online features. So I did some digging and Nintendo has never, not once, not even today (!), said anything about online play with this game. They did the same with New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Mario Bros. 2 and we all know how that turned out. So while there is no official confirmation either way, I must admit I’m nervous. At this point I see no reason why any of these games aren’t online. Sure it isn’t a deal-breaker, but man it would be so cool to be able to finally know for certainty that every Nintendo game that supports multiplayer will be online moving forward.
I know Nintendo prefers local multiplayer for something like Nintendo Land and Super Mario, but it just doesn’t work for all of us and why shouldn’t we have both options anyways?
So what do you guys think? Will these two high profile launch titles feature online multiplayer or am I out of luck?