Opinion; Every 3DS Game Should Have Online Multiplayer

Or at least, every game that isn’t entirely single player (like Ocarina of Time 3D) should have the functionality, for the simple and practical reason that local multiplayer is just completely useless on a handheld system.  Seriously, that’s not even something you can question, the sheer expense of owning such a system and the tiny number of people who own them outside of Japan makes any form of 3DS local multiplayer completely useless.

Now obviously, some people will probably think I’m exaggerating here.  But let me give a few ‘facts’ based on my own experience, some that kind of show how useless both local multiplayer and StreetPass even are in this region:

  1. Out of all my years of owning 3DS systems so far, only once have I managed to get a lot of StreetPasses at once, and that was partly due to the 2012 Olympics.  In fact, in the entire time I’ve had a 3DS (and the time I actually bothered to take it out with me when in town), I managed to get a massive two StreetPasses from the experience.  Two StreetPasses.  In two to three years.
  2. I have managed to play a game of local multiplayer in any 3DS game a massive total of zero times.  Not one.  Probably because no one else I know or even live within 50 miles of has a 3DS system.
  3. In all my history of playing Nintendo handhelds?  I must have gotten to play local multiplayer less than ten times, because of how bloody inconvenient it is to setup.  Or in other words, maybe once or two when Pokemon Red and Blue were the hottest thing around, twice in Mario Kart Super Circuit, a couple of times with a few games of Mario Kart DS and exactly oncee I ever managed to use Pictochat.
  4. I’ve never seen a Nintendo game or system sell out since the Wii, and not before then either.  It’s why I literally never pre-order anything, because in every case from at least 2006 up to the present day, I’ve always been able to walk into the nearest video game shop (which is admittedly a few towns away) and come out with whatever game or system I need without ever having to pre-order it or have a reservation.
  5. And in case you thought it was only Nintendo related, keep in mind I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen anyone use a PSP or Vita in real life.  Their sales over here are probably so damn low that you’d have to invite every single owner in the country just to fill a small hall like the one used for weddings or local events.

That is pretty much why 3DS games need online multiplayer in a nutshell, because otherwise those of us who happen to live in countries where Nintendo is either not particularly popular (like the UK) or practically non existent (such as just about every Asian country bar Japan, China and South Korea, or anywhere in Africa or South America) have no possible way to ever experience multiplayer in a 3DS title.

And yes, I do know about ‘StreetPass Groups’ or whatever they’re called.  But do you know what?

That kind of shows there’s a problem.  Put simply, the fact these groups have to be formed and deliberately meet in certain locations and times shows just how unworkable both local multiplayer and StreetPass even are on Nintendo handheld systems. Think about it, why does ‘StreetPass Tokyo’ not exist?  Because you don’t need these silly organisations in Japan, because you only have to walk about six steps to find someone to play local multiplayer 3DS games or StreetPass with.  The fact such organisations and meetups are becoming popular is proof that Nintendo’s core ‘philosophies’ with their handhelds are completely out of touch with how the rest of the world works.

So while some people will argue that online multiplayer in games like Mario Party Island Tour or the likes is somehow inconvenient or a bad idea, you have to keep in mind that for many people, said modes are the ONLY way they’ll ever get to experience the game’s multiplayer with others.  I’d rather have the option to try a potentially laggy and broken online version of a game’s multiplayer than be stuck unable to do anything outside of single player mode.

All Nintendo 3DS games with any form of multiplayer should have it as online enabled.  Otherwise the multiplayer may as well not exist at all, and any games built entirely around it are pretty much a fancy doorstop at best.

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Bob
Bob
7 years ago

That sounds horrible, I feel for you. Where do you live?

Niknique
Niknique
7 years ago

I agree with you. The friends I have that own a 3DS live far away (because we all went to separate colleges and stuff) and the friends that live near me only have consoles and no handhelds. That’s why I was glad when Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon had online play.

That Nintendo Fan
That Nintendo Fan
7 years ago

Think about how much money Nintendo would lose if every game was online .__. Servers cost a lot of money, yo

Ashley
Ashley
7 years ago

I think that more games should have online. There is no real reason why Mario Party can’t have online. I haven’t had too much of a problem with StreetPass because I live in a pretty large metro. I noticed it was very different while I was in Germany, I got two StreetPasses in two months. I saw more people in Germany play Gameboy, or GBA than DS and 3DS. I talked to students and they seemed to have kind of a negative view of gaming in general and had a tendency to stereotype gamers. I did meet one person in… Read more »

Michael Ocampo
Michael Ocampo
7 years ago

Local Multiplayer isn’t useless bro. I really enjoy playing games on the 3ds/ds locally with family and friends. But they really do need to add online to not just 3ds games, but Wii U games too (even online like Rayman Legends or Super Mario 3D World because Legends was really fun online) I’d even want them to add online to games already out like Super Mario 3D Land, Pikmin 3, and Nintendo Land. Thank You God that Wii Sports Club will have online. I kinda feel you on the streetpass thing because if I don’t take my 3DS to my… Read more »

Ashley
Ashley
7 years ago
Reply to  Michael Ocampo

I agree. Local Multiplayer is great when you have family and friends around. My little brother is in marching band and the marching band (most of them have a ds or 3ds) uses local multiplayer during their band trips all the time.