Nintendo isn’t exactly known for their stellar online support, but in recent years they’ve made huge advancements in this department, especially with the internet features supported by the Wii U. Hyrule Warriors is shaping up to be one of the biggest releases for the console and two-player co-op was confirmed a few months back. Unfortunately, Nintendo crushed many of our hopes and dreams by announcing that the Dynasty Warriors inspired Zelda-brawler will not support online play of any kind.
The official Japanese Twitter account confirmed the tragic news, stating local multiplayer will be the only option for co-op. Adding insult to injury, it was also revealed that local co-op must be split between the Gamepad and the TV. Either you or your friend must use the underwhelming 6.2″ Gamepad screen, while the other enjoys the experience on a massive HD television.
This news breaks my heart, especially considering the overwhelming hype surrounding Hyrule Warriors in recent weeks. This Wii U exclusive quickly went from a “day one purchase” to a possible “Christmas gift from my aunt.” It boggles my mind that Nintendo would allow a release of this caliber to simply ignore consumer’s demands for online multiplayer.
Sometimes I just don’t understand the decisions Nintendo makes. They can’t continue to ignore online play and expect to make a profit.
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No online play for quite possibly the biggest Wii U exclusive to date (Super Mario 3D World) pretty much assured me that Nintendo has absolutely no idea what consumers want.
Without even accounting for the online play, co-op is split between the gamepad and the television. Like, what. They just made a game a lot less fun to play with people. Nintendo wants you to play all alone, test your loyalty.
Yeah… the fact that the game isn’t at least supporting standard split-screen multiplayer is mind boggling, but that’s Nintendo for ya. They like to do their own thing, regardless of whether or not anyone wants it.