New Super Mario Bros. Wii is being praised for its multiplayer functionality, allowing four players to come together on one console for a new Mario platforming experience, but why doesn’t the game have online multiplayer? Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime says it was a decision made by the developers.
“This was a decision made purely by the developers,” Fils-Aime told Kotaku. “They believe this experience, in the same room, to be elbowing your friends and family members as you’re playing the game [is ideal]. It was really their decision.”
He added: “I personally would have loved for it to be online capable as well, but having played the game, I really can’t fault it for not being online multiplayer.”
Look out for our New Super Mario Bros. Wii review later this week.