No Online Multiplayer for Pikmin 3
Nintendo's big Wii U title announcement, Pikmin 3, won't be supporting online multiplayer, according to Shigeru Miyamoto.
In an interview with IGN, Miyamoto explained the difficulties with having online multiplayer for Nintendo's upcoming strategy title. Miyamoto said "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."
Miyamoto, however, stressed that the local co-op would still be present.
Also discussed in the interview was how Pikmin 3 came to be on the Wii U. The title was originally rumored for the original Wii, but Miyamoto said the shift was made due to the abilities of the more powerful hardware. This power would allow plays to see more of the map with a higher resolution. It also allowed for cursor projection for each of your individual Pikmin, making aiming significantly easier. Before finally deciding on the Wii U, versions of the game were also tested on the Wii, DS, and 3DS.
No release date has been announced for Pikmin 3 or the Wii U, but the game is slated for a "launch window" release date and rumors have been circulating of a holiday, possibly November release for the Wii U.