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Will the future Wii and DS work together?

Written by M_the_C on Wednesday, 25 March 2009No Comment

Due to the huge success of both the Wii and DS, it’s obvious that Nintendo are going to release new products in both the handheld and console market.

There are quite a few games that allow the Wii and DS to be used together (as discussed here):

  • Animal Crossing, allows you to upload your character and catalogue from the DS’ Wild World to the Wii’s Let’s go to the city.
  • Pokemon Battle Revolution for the Wii can use the DS as a controller, listing selectable moves on the touch screen.  Pokemon from Diamond and Pearl on the DS con be uploaded into the game, and some special Pokemon can be obtained for use in the DS’ game world.  There is also the facility to buy Technical Machines and evolution items.
  • Geometry Wars:  Galaxies Wii & DS  can unlock an extra galaxy if they are connected.  The Wii version can also send a demo of the DS version to a DS.

But I still think this is an underused facility. Will the follow ups to the Wii and DS make use of a similar function?

I’m fairly certain there was little planning regarding this capability when they were originally designing the Wii and DS.  For one the DS came out two years (less for Europe) before the Wii.  Also, Nintendo was close to being knocked out of the console race.  The Wii was a gamble, I doubt Nintendo would have wanted to tie them too close together, just in case the Wii had failed.  The DS didn’t exactly have a easy start to life either, with the introduction of Sony to the handheld market.

Now they are back on a solid footing in both markets they have a real chance to expand on the uses of this dual setup.

The question is, will they make better use of it, and if so, what new ideas could be created?

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