The Future of Multiplayer Gaming: You and Literally Everyone
I remember days when player three was a miraculous feat.
Being fairly young, the furthest back I can remeber is the super nintendo. The furthest I can remember playing is the n64, however, and I most certainly remember people raving about four player multiplayer. A large feat, indeed, that seems dwarfed by nintendo’s newest achievements. Being an avid follower of Sony, I’ve always been into single player, engrossing, deep campaigns with large story archs and fantastic story telling. Kojima comes immediately to mind. But even I, the playstation toting ultra-fanboy, am jealous of the multiplayer and outstanding gameplay of the 3ds. My Vita lets me play console quality, amazing games on the go, but it just seems lacking in comparison to 8 player wireless multiplayer in the new Mario Cart 3ds.
That’s right. Eight people. Precisely double the original feat, but wireless and in full, true 3d. Regardless of the fact that the Vita has space age hardware in comparison to the 3ds, and that the games are technically much more advanced, the community that comes from the 3ds has a majestic charm that will undoubtedly help future sales of the early-suffering console. The recent drop in price should help too, along with fantastic titles such as Super Mario 3d Land and newly ported fighting games.
Super Mario 3D Land (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Imagine the power of future consoles if this is the case. We all know that over 32 player multiplayer is possible over online play, but 8 player multiplayer in the same room is very new. Imagine Mario Party with 8 people. Imagine guitar hero with massive, full bands. Perhaps I’m just speculating, but it seems so possible and so close sitting here with my friends, being the only one without a 3ds and Mario Cart, secretly being jealous behind my Vita.