Nintendo Switch

Nintendo 3DS & 2DS Games

Wii U Games

Which phrases should you look out for on game packaging or on our gamepages? See below for the most commonly used terms for multiplayer modes:

Nintendo 3DS and 2DS

Online Play

Take on other friends over the Internet using Nintendo Network, which is the name of Nintendo’s online service.

Local Play

Connect your handheld directly with friends and family as you sit in the same room together.

Download Play

A type of Local Play that only requires one copy of the game, for up to four people to play on their own Nintendo 3DS or 2DS system together.

StreetPass

Receive items and challenges from other players as you walk by them in the street or sit near them on a bus, even in Sleep Mode.

Wii U

Tabletop Games

Games where players both play on the same Wii U GamePad.

Local Co-Op

Play together in the same room and work towards a common goal!

Asymmetric Play

One player uses the GamePad while up to four other players use Wii Remotes and/or other controllers. The catch with Asymmetric Play is that the GamePad user has a completely different view of the game compared to the other players watching on TV - leading to all sorts of fun possibilities!

Online Play

Take on other friends over the Internet using Nintendo Network, which is the name of Nintendo’s online service.

For some multiplayer modes, like Online Play, you’ll need to be connected to the Internet. Find out how to: