Wii U is a great console. We love the design, we like the feel, and we really enjoy playing games on the system. It’s not without faults, though. While Nintendo Network is a vast improvement over Wii’s introverted little world, when compared to Xbox Live or PSN, it’s still lacking.
Despite all the restrictions and slow-loading, one of our greatest concerns was the inability to have two profiles playing one game at the same time. It’s a basic, core feature we’ve all used over the last eight years. So, naturally, we expected the same thing to be possible on Wii U.
Turns out we were wrong. We tried Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing Transformed. It didn’t work. New Super Mario Brothers U didn’t support it either. Or Nintendo Land, ZombieU, Rabbids Land or Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
We have access to the majority of the Wii U launch lineup, and can honestly tell you that no game supports multiple profile sign-ins at any one time.
None, except Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
The second player obviously needs a Nintendo Network ID. They also need to have loaded Black Ops 2 multiplayer at least once as primary player. Once they’ve done that, however, they can band together with their buddy in the same lobby, playing on their own individual profiles, and jump online.
Just to confirm, this also works on Zombies.
So, now we know that developers can code this into Wii U games and make it possible to play this way. Why Nintendo wouldn’t make more of an effort to promote this, and even use it in their own games is beyond us. Regardless, we thought we’d spread the word.
Do you play this way with your spouse or buddy? Was this putting you off a purchase of Wii U?
If you know of any other Wii U games that support multiple profile sign-in for multiplayer, then let us know below.