Strikers Online Play Region-Specific
The latest issue of ONM (Official Nintendo Magazine) has revealed that the online component for Strikers Charged will be region-specific to avoid lag issues, meaning that people in Europe can only play with others in Europe, and Americas vs. Americas, etc.
UPDATE: Here’s the official word from the magazine itself:
ONM: Mario Strikers Charged is the first wifi game for the Wii in the UK. Has that put pressure on you to get it right?
MI: (Mike Inglehart, Next Level Games): Our main goal is to ensure a quality gameplay experience so we’ve had to make a lot of design choices that all us to deliver that. We’ve never had to compromise anything that’s limited our wifi feature set; this game is about multiplayer and thats’s been our focus from the beginning.
ONM: Will we be able to play people from all over the world or are we limited to specific regions?
MI: Wifi in Mario Strikers Charged is region specific so we can ensure a quality gameplay experience. The game is very twitch based and reactive, so it’s important for us to keep lag to a minimum.
To me this isn’t a big issue. It’s a little disappointing for sure, but not as bad as not having online at all. What do you guys think? I’m still excited for the game either way!