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9Sep/080

Nintendo + Online Play = Crap?

Any of you who have a Wii should have already gone out and bought Super Smash Brothers. Im sure like myself you were stoked to find out there would be online multiplayer. I had previously been playing Mario Kart online before i got SSB and ok i didnt like the friend system much, it sounds like way too much work to just play with someone you know, but hey it functioned well enough for me and Jen to play together online with it.

Then I went to play SSB online... i thought there was some options missing or something, as i could only do random games by myself and it took like 10 minutes to find 1 other person who wanted to play. Now in my eyes this is a stupid move, as with the options of Xbox live and the PS3 network, which let you just do the whole multiplayer thing without thinking about it too much. Nintendos implementation is more like trying to find a UT game online when you dont have an internet connection, its piss poor.

DONT WORRY THOUGH if you have some poor bastards friends code you can add them to your list and pray that they add you too... did they not think, "OH WAIT, what if someone adds someone else, how will they know?"...

Have we taken a few steps back into the dark age of online gaming where you had to play through some random 3rd party server and the connection was sketchy and then they all left as soon as you were about to win...

I have quite a few friends with Wiis but half of them cant be bothered working out how to do the online thing with it, and the other half never play on it. I find this quite a shame as it has alot of potential as do alot of the games on this platform, but they seem to be nailing themselves in the foot at the moment, which cant be good for a company that is meant to innovate instead of make a shoddier implementation of whats already out there...

I can understand the whole family system and they dont want some kid chatting to the army of Gary Glitters that are playing online games. However just take out communication like they did with Mario Kart, you could still play coop online, but on SSB they make it so you can only do this with friends, who you cant even talk to anyway. It just seems retarded, like going to fight lugia in pokemon realising you are not carrying any pokeballs, then saving after it... not that anyone is that dim... i hope...

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