In a recent New York Times article, Reggie Fils-Aime said that soon the Nintendo DS will be more tightly integrated with Nintendo’s Wii game system. He stated that complete games and game demos will be able to be downloaded to the Wii using its broadband connection, and then transferred wirelessly to the Nintendo DS.
One of the first games to take advantage of the Nintendo DS and Wii connectivity will be Professor Layton and the Curious Village, a puzzle-solving game that is coming in February 2008, that will be upgraded with new puzzles transmitted to the Nintendo DS through a wireless download.
In Japan, the Nintendo DS’s functionality has already been extended beyond its game-playing ability. There the Nintendo DS can be used to give information during museum tours and to download content from the Wii.
Some of these features will eventually come to North American as well. “To aggressively drive DS business we need to provide other forms of entertainment to excite the consumer,” said Mr. Fils-Aime.
To test the added functionality of the Nintendo DS, Nintendo setup a system at Seattle’s Safeco Field baseball stadium this past season to allow fans watching a baseball game to also see the game on the DS, and order food and view statistics using the device.
We heard about this Nintendo DS and Wii connectivity back before the Wii was even released, but it looks like it is going to finally be coming true.
What would you like to see the Nintendo DS and Wii do together and what games would you like to see use this new functionality?
UPDATE - January 4, 2007: No Full Nintendo DS Games for Download
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