Oh, Nintendo Wii, why must you make me sad? I'd grown to trust you, and value you, and now you betray me.
Buried deep within an IGN preview of Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam is some very bad news: No third-party Wii launch games will use the Wii Wi-Fi connection..
Here's the quote:
"The game will feature a four-player mode and Activision is attempting to 'make everything that's available in the single-player mode available in the multiplayer one, too.' We don't have details about the mode, but it will be four-player split-screen in nature. Gamers hoping for an online component, however, are in for bad news, because one isn't planned. Activision would not say why, but IGN has separately learned from multiple development sources that Nintendo will not release Wii Wi-Fi Connection libraries to third parties until early 2007, which means that no third party launch title will have an online mode."