GDC 2009: Nintendo To Show DSi And Wii SDHC Card Connectivity At E3 2009?


Posted March 28, 2009 - By r_pad

GDC 2009: Nintendo To Show DSi And Wii SDHC Card Connectivity At E3 2009?

Wii owners around the world were thrilled with the announcement that the console now supports SDHC cards up to 32GB. While most gamers were thinking about all the Virtual Console titles they can fit on new cards, few were thinking that Nintendo had plans larger than simply offering its customers superior storage options (which is, decidedly, a good thing). It looks like connectivity 2.0 is on the way. Word on the street (meaning I literally received this information on the street while walking around GDC 2009) is that Nintendo will go large with Wii and DSi connectivity via SD cards at E3 2009.

This could mean that games can be started on a Wii and continued on a DSi when the player is away from home. The progress made on the road will be reflected when the gamer next plays the game on a Wii. That sounds pretty awesome (and practical) to me. You get the benefits of big-screen gaming and the convenience of portability all in one title.

Of course gamers with a PlayStation Portable and component cables can already do this, but PSP games are not specifically designed to exploit the advantages of television gaming. From what I understand, there will be titles that take advantage of the unique capabilities of DSi and Wii, respectively. The possibilities are certainly interesting, but I want to see a fun implementation of this (should it be true) before I get too excited.

Anyway, do you have any nifty ideas for DSi/Wii connectivity through SD cards? What would you like to see or do in a game that can be played off of a card on both systems?

GDC 2009: Nintendo To Show DSi And Wii SDHC Card Connectivity At E3 2009?


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