Shigeru Miyamoto has explained that Pikmin 3 - the jewel in the Wii U's launch crown - will not offer online multiplayer, saying that syncing up lots of the small creatures over the net would have been difficult, stressing that consistent precision might have been an issue.
"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," Miyamoto told IGN.
"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 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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