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DS Daily: Wishing for Wi-Fi

Sometimes, you encounter those weird DS games that are just perfect for online play ... except they don't have it. Okay, so it's sometimes more than just "sometimes," but what can you do? Talk about it, of course! From Puzzle Quest to Mario Party to the upcoming Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates, what do you wish had a little wi-fi multiplayer?

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Mooga1

1-10-2008 @ 9:26AM

Mooga said...

I would have loved Meteos to have WiFi play, but WiFi play didn't appear till much after it's time.

Also: Nintendo needs to give the DS a way to connect to WPA Networks. This WEP-only stuff is annoying, and the Nintendo WiFi-adapter is a huge problem of it's own since it messes with your network settings and disables ALL incoming connections. The only thing I can think of is a dedicated box or have the adapter running via a virtual machine.

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Centy2

1-10-2008 @ 9:38AM

Centy said...

Pretty big list this could be I would say True Swing golf with wifi would be great Tiger Woods just wasnt as good. Age of Empires would be another awesome one but I think the creme de la creme would be somthing like Ouendan.

Actually even the StarTrek game would have been salvagable if it had online multiplayer.

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tamriel3

1-10-2008 @ 9:53AM

tamriel said...

It is obvious that most multiplayer games greatly benefit from being playable online. I am thinking of Contra 4 right now.

However, online for such action games is very hard to pull off. Go read 1up's Nanostray 2 dev diary:

http://www.1up.com/do/my1Up?publicUserId=5900765

Peter Weiss says that the devs would have liked to enable the co-op game to go online. However, for shmups you need the smallest possible latencies between player actions and game reactions. Such latencies can drag on to the order of hundreds of milliseconds online, so that echoes of the other player's actions and game reactions may come to your own game much too late --- long after you died, for instance.

Don't get me wrong, however: online action games CAN be done. Case in point: action puzzle games like Tetris or Planet Puzzle League. However, high latency is, most often, not a game-breaker in this case, as the only actions that really need quick reaction or echo on the other player's game is the use of items. In other instances, if your report of the other player's game starts lagging on your screen, you can keep on playing and avoid dying.

It is true though, that for turn-based games such as Puzzle Quest, card battlers and strategy games, not going online is utterly unexcusable by now.

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Sherman4

1-10-2008 @ 12:14PM

Sherman said...

Mario Hoops 3 on 3 of course! We could be hosting online basketball tournaments. The single player mode was a blast (a little hard but that's what makes it fun). So just think of how fun tourneys against people across the world would be! If this game had WIFI, it would be right up there on the stats w/ Mario Kart over at the Nintendo WIFI site.

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Brello5

1-10-2008 @ 12:56PM

Brello said...

I'd rather not play that game ever again! I for one, thought it was awful.

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pikelet6

1-10-2008 @ 8:29PM

pikelet said...

Me too! I actually liked that game, and unfortunately no one else I know owns it. So it's either play against too easy or too difficult AI :/

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Brello7

1-10-2008 @ 12:28PM

Brello said...

I'd like to play 2 player alternating New Super Mario Bros. over wifi, and be able to talk to a friend on the other end. 2 player alternating is too oldschool now, I suppose.

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Matdredalia8

1-10-2008 @ 1:21PM

Matdredalia said...

Mario Party DS, obviously.

And...argh, this breaks my heart: Puzzle Quest. Puzzle Quest has SO MUCH WiFi potential it's not even funny!!

Also, My Sims....WTF was with no Wi-Fi on this? SERIOUSLY!

Nintendogs...argh...I got my copy *with* my DS, thinking it DID have WiFi instead of just wireless local play....grr.....that game should have had WiFi. It would have made it's replay value so much better.



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Saphion9

1-10-2008 @ 2:02PM

Saphion said...

I've said it countless times before. And I'll say it countless times to come.

Where's my Phantasy Star Online DS, dammit?!

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RootiePatootie10

1-15-2008 @ 4:17PM

RootiePatootie said...

OH this would be great but I'm not holding my breath waiting for it. nope....I just don't think it'll ever happen. :(

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DaveH11

1-10-2008 @ 4:39PM

DaveH said...

Omtamarama - Not only does it not have WiFi, it doesn't even have multiplayer. Considering the game is totally a 2 player battle game, against an AI opponent, why no multiplayer?

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BPM64 - The Second Attack!12

1-11-2008 @ 12:26AM

BPM64 - The Second Attack! said...

I second Mooga on Meteos.

Geometry Wars Galaxy with online multiplayer instead of just leaderboards would've been great, too.

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Mars13

1-26-2008 @ 8:37AM

Mars said...

Mario and Sonic at the Olympics
Mario Hoops
Contra
Glory Days 2
Call of Duty
Brothers in Arms

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