DS/Wii Connectivity on the Horizon?

James Honeywell, DS Product Manager, shed some light on the future of DS/Wii connectivity:

"You will definitely see Wii and DS interoperability as soon as we have it finished,' said Honeywell. 'We haven't made any announcements over specific software for connectivity, but there are definitely a number of exciting things in creation which we want to bring to market as soon as possible. We're hopeful that will be next year."

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"For example, the connectivity between Xbox 360 and PC is very much based in streaming video and other media. The link-up between Wii and DS will be much more about offering new forms of gameplay, fun and interaction. It will offer yet another new set of experiences for the whole family."

This comes after Nintendo introduced connectivity into Pokemon Battle Revolution. Is it possible we could see connectivity in future Mario and Metroid titles? Only time will tell.

News source: 1UP

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*Crosses fingers* Download play demos! This has to happen, The ds has support for downloading a game temporary and playing it either for multiplayer action with one cartridge or from a demo stand. The game stays in the ds until its powered off/restarted. Being able to download demos of games to the ds from the web would be awesome.

dude!! nintendo rules! i played with my sistesr ds lite the other day. and i have to say that it's freaking addicting. she has "New Super Mario Bros." and a learning game called "Brain Age: Train your brain in minutes a day" both are so addicting. It's fun and easy using the pen. It made learning fun, i let my 8 yr old niece play with it, and she had so much fun learning with Brain Age.

yeah i played that new beat rhytm game, forget the exact name but that game is fun as hell. it's such a japanese game for sure but it's so damn fun.

I like the, "Configure the DS as i it was a wireless Snes Pad" but i dont see coming it as it could be a loss of classic controller sales...

I suppose we will se some kind of DS Channel, maybe with demos or some kind of interation with wii...

Yep, that seems like a no-brainer. Sort of like the DS Demo Stations, but on your own home. That would be great, as many times I'm intrigued about a game, but want to play it first to see if I like it, and countries like mine do not have download stations. I wonder if they'll ever release some sort of cartridge where you can download some of your VC games, and play it on the go. That would be sweet.

EDIT: Btw, I really doubt you would use the pointer on the DS screen, it's too small for that, and I don't really see the point, since it would be pretty much the same as the touch screen. Plus, where would you put the IR bar?

Because the DS is a flat screen however, the Wii pointer would have to be used as a mouse rather than make use of it's '3D movement' technologies, since the DS cannot detect movement of it's pointer in #d space.

Quote - billyea said @ #1
Because the DS is a flat screen however, the Wii pointer would have to be used as a mouse rather than make use of it's '3D movement' technologies, since the DS cannot detect movement of it's pointer in #d space.

...what?

Quote - Smashing Pumpkin said @ #1.1

...what?


he's basically saying the ds has no movement detection like the wii remote does. the only thing the ds has is a 2d touch screen interface, so depending on the implementation, it's more likely to be used as a 2d (mouse like) input device, instead of a 3d-like input device the wii remote is.

The DS also has a mic, don't forget. Not only that, it has a perfect layout to play SNES games, if you don't like the wii classic controller (or just happen to have a DS lying around). I can see it being used even for simple things, like displaying your map in metroid, too.