Why, you ask? Well, for the fact that shows us an 8-player Battle mode! (Count the players in the bottom-right map.)
Sure, you'll have to type and not talk trash to the friends you're playing with, but when it comes to Battle mode, the more the merrier. While it may not support 12 players, eight is more than enough to keep us on our toes while we try to hang on to our precious balloons.