Speculation: WiiConnect24 Possibilities
Work has been killing me of late, so I can't promise many updates in the upcoming weeks... even though I have a bunch of things I'd love to talk about. But I did want to show people I'm still around and I do plan on continuing the blog. So I figured I'd at least update the blog with a casual post regarding a random speculation I had a few weeks ago.
I was thinking about the Nintendo Wii, particularly about "WiiConnect24." For those of you who aren't aware of what that is, in Nintendo's own words, it is where "The Wii console can communicate with the Internet even when the power is turned off. The WiiConnect24 service delivers a new surprise or game update, even if the system is idle." In other words, it never really turns off and actually just goes into a standby mode.
And it got me thinking. If the Wii can receive information 24 hours a day -- updates for games, messages from other Wii users, etc. -- why can't it send information 24 hours a day? That way, you can access your Wii via its IP Address or something from work through your typical browser or a special application you install on your computer or...
And that's when the lightbulb went off in my head. Think about how cool this could be. The Wii has the ability to store things like messages, photos, e-mails, etc. in your memory card. What if they release special software on the DS that allows you to connect to your Wii to download these messages and photos and such for portable viewing? Hell, what if the Opera Browser they are releasing already has this special functionality built into it, and they haven't told us yet? And then I thought to myself -- maybe the best part yet -- what if... just what if...
We could also download the Virtual Console games into the DS temporarily?
Ohhhhh, the possibilities. Buy your your favorite NES games or SNES games or Genesis games for the Wii and then download them onto your DS. If you've got a broadband connection, the download shouldn't be that long. And you wouldn't ever need a memory card or anything for the DS. Whichever game you have on your Wii, you could just grab it at any time on the go. And with the DS's ability to sleep, you could download it once and have quick access to it up until you actually turn the DS off.
And what if developers starting creating DS-specific mini-games included with actual Wii games? Download these mini-games from the disc to your Virtual Console and then access them via the DS. Let's say for an RPG released on the Wii, the developers could create a mini-game where you can do some grinding to earn experience points or money that you could download and play on the DS. All you'd need is wireless internet access.
I don't know, somehow I can only imagine Nintendo already has this in mind, and this may actually be their final trump card they've been waiting to pull out on the public. Technically, any system could do it, but it'd only be practical if the system is on 24 hours a day. That's the key thing right there. You could easily accomplish the same thing with the PSP and the PS3, but I've heard the PS3 requires twice as much power to run as the 360. No one will be leaving that machine on when away from home.
Anyhow, it's food for thought. If actually implemented, though, it would be really cool.
Sorry again for the lack of updates, and thanks for still reading and checking up.