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No 3rd party Wii-fi in 07

March 5, 2007
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SNK America prez Ben Herman lets us in on the wifi situtation 3rd parties are facing.

Nintendo is still not letting Wii third-party publishers include online capabilities in their games and it doesn’t look like they will during 2007.

I don’t know what Nintendo’s deal is with holding back Wii features. Makes you wonder what they’re planning, cause it better be good. And if they aint, why the hell are they playing keep away? Imagine what you could be doing with your Wii today had Nintendo released a full spec Wii dev kit pre-launch last year rather than rigged GameCubes. As i remember it, all that mystery raised expectations only to be met with barely improved hardware. What was the point, then (besides damage control)? What could be the reason now?

Let me don my oft-neglected optimist cap for a sec and hope 3rd parties follow Konami’s suit, enabling their titles to use Connect 24 to exchange some sorta data.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. frisby permalink
    March 5, 2007 7:41 pm

    Nintnedo wants to be the first to kick it out I am sure. Make a big deal out of it like Mario Kart DS and the McDonalds hoopla.

    All BS in my opinion. If I was deving for Wii I would hold out for a long time before I let them play me.

    Nintendo’s thinking: Get the initial consoles out, wait till demand dies down a little, blow up the Wii again with a big online gaming scheme.

    I see through you Nitnedo, you evil heartless bastards.

    Bullying the 3rd parties is what gave Sony all of the power. If your WiFi will be so superior, let someone else do it first and use them as the example. Bitches.

  2. March 5, 2007 9:59 pm

    BOOOOOOO!!!!

  3. March 6, 2007 3:41 am

    I know I’m probably wrong but what if they simply havn’t set up the infrastructures yet? I assume that online wii games would need to send a lot more information than DS games or sending messages or miis so maybe they are still trying to figure this one out?

    Well, I did think that untill I read frisby’s comment, i’d have to agree with that now actually. Sounds like they are holding their cards close to them.

  4. frisby permalink
    March 6, 2007 9:44 am

    If SNK is offering to run their own servers and code their own online gameplay, I think they should be allowed too. But wtf do I know.

  5. March 6, 2007 4:03 pm

    I actually agree more with your first hunch, kerri, than with frisby’s: launching full online play one year after launching the console would indeed refuel the demand, like Mario Kart did for the DS… but that’s not what is going to happen here. Nintendo hasn’t even delivered development kits for online play to third party publishers! This tells me that there is something wrong with the online game plan. Maybe it is turning out to be far more complex than Nintendo initially thought, or worse.

    I have stated it before: free online play is not a sustainable and sound business practice. It opens the door to a lot of problems besides the loss of revenue!

  6. March 6, 2007 4:09 pm

    The infrastructure reason should only factor in if, like we’ve guessed, Nintendo is waiting to bring out their own service. If another company wanted to host a game on their own like Tony Hawk DS, they are able to because the wifi is built-in.

    Matter of fact, in the DS case the same thing happened. “Nintendo Wifi Connection” is the name of an intiative, not a service. Everyone had to wait for Nintendo to give them the green light and wifi code — and till Mario Kart came out — before they had online funcitonality implemented in their own games. On Wii, they only recently released kits with wifi abilities to the rest of the world (probably only to their top partners, actually) so they can have the leg up with Mario Strikers and Battallion Wars. It’s simply them wanting to be the first to do something… again. They better bring it.

  7. March 6, 2007 5:55 pm

    Rollin, you mean that probably all third-party developers will have to provide their own online service for their Wi-Fi games? A bit like with the PS2, from what I understand?

    That would suck! I much prefer an all-encompasing service like LIVE…

  8. March 7, 2007 12:56 am

    Ugh… I-man you wear me out. Yea, that way, but like i said, until Nintendo’s ready to let “Wii Live” loose. In the meawhile.

    It’s a good way to get preliminary diagnostics on Wii-fi. Oh, not to mention gamers would eat it up. Almost left that out.

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