Fans have been clamoring for any kind of online functionality in the Mario Party series for the last three titles, all of which were released on online capable systems. With Mario Party 3DS scheduled to release this winter, fans can only hope that this outing will be the first to allow players to connect and battle worldwide. Thankfully, a job posting on Nd Cube’s official website brings some hope to the franchise and its local only multiplayer.
Nd Cube is looking for a Network Programmer, someone who can work on getting the game to connect and communicate with a server or a network. Whether this means allowing players to play together online or simply the ability to include DLC remains unclear. Regardless, any kind of online functionality is a step in the right direction and should spice up a series that relies too much on its past iterations.
The next issue comes in the form of the actual game. Is Nd Cube referring to the recently announced Mario Party 3DS or Wii Party for Wii U, a game that was announced back in January? The job posting has been up for several months, yet there is no indication on the actual project or the intended game. Nintendo has put a greater focus of online functionality on the Wii U, making the next Wii Party a likely candidate. Perhaps it’s for an entirely new title that has not yet been revealed?
What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you think this will be the first Mario Party to feature online gameplay? Are we looking into this job posting far more than we should? Sound off in the comments below!
Thanks to Justin for the tip!