Nintendo has explained why Wii U launch title Nintendo Land does not include online support. Speaking in the latest issue of Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu (via Polygon), Nintendo producer Katsuya Eguchi said it was the company’s hope to encourage real-world interaction with gamers sitting in the same room.
“Nintendo Land’s multiplayer attractions work because of the communication shared between the people playing them,” Eguchi said. “So they were set up from the start to be something people in the same room could enjoy.”
Elsewhere in the feature, Nintendo offered insight as to why Star Fox was skipped over for inclusion in Nintendo Land. Director Yoshikazu Yamashita revealed that Nintendo had prototyped a title surrounding Star Fox, but ultimately found it to not be a good match.