Due to technical difficulties
Shigeru Miyamoto has confirmed that the upcoming Pikmin 3 won't support Internet multiplayer modes.
Sad but true, Nintendo is skipping multiplayer modes over the Internet on Pikmin 3, due to technical reasons. Shigeru Miyamoto has explained that they are focusing on single player and local co-op modes to give players the best possible experience.
According to IGN's interview to Miyamoto:
NEWS SOURCE: The origins of Pikmin 3 (via) IGN"You have to be very careful that you don’t drop frames as you’re trying to sync up with other players over what could be a very great physical distance, over the internet,” he said.
But in the situation of Pikmin, for example, since you would have lots of individual, small creatures, the Pikmin, whose every movement and location is going to be really important in the game, it would be very difficult to sync up over an internet connection.
“So I think what we’ve decided to do is focus on the single-player and local multiplayer aspects, which are really fun. But unfortunately, no online multiplayer for Pikmin 3. But the co-op local multiplayer is really fun."
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