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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.