I hear that Dragon Quest game will have online co-op! And hopefully they stick to that - Yuji Hori and Level 5's territory, and I can't imagine SE really wanting to screw around with him. I'd really like to know whose deciding this crap, this is the same line of reasoning for CoM, so I suspect someone from up high doesn't want this or there's some shared talent.
Edit: Also can't forget that could be PR code for 'We can't get this to fucking work!'
I bet they can't get it work. lol
If they really wanted to emphasize the whole friendship/teamwork thing, then why not add some sort of messaging system into the wi fi? Some kind of menu that would bring up a keyboard similar to what's in Picto Chat, and you could use the touch screen and stylus to talk to eachother. It would work really well, I think.
It wouldn't have to detract from playing. The keyboard could slide up from the bottom of the screen, and you punch in whatever you have to say and hit a button and it dissappears.