Nintendo files patent for Wii-3DS linking technology

Posted on June 23, 2012 - 6:00pm by Ryan Conway

This past Thursday, Nintendo filed a U.S. patent for some new tech with some rather interesting implications. What is this new tech? Well, it’s an information processing system, which will allow your Wii to track your movements through your 3DS.

Don’t worry, there’s nothing sinister going on. At all. *Shifts eyes* 

The system is to be used as a communication link between the two devices, with it’s primary function being to allow games that have been downloaded to the Wii to be transferred over to the 3DS. It also sports some other nifty features, such as allowing the Wii to greet you when you enter your room with a friendly message on the TV screen, a sound effect, or even turning on a lamp … if you happen to have your 3DS on you at the time and if the Wii is on Standby mode. Oh and both devices have to be within a certain range of one another, IE in the same room.

The greeting is a bit more personal (and totally not creepy in the slightest) when you realize that thanks to the 3DS’ pedometer and clock, it knows how far you’ve walked and how long you’ve been gone...this is if you've been carrying your 3DS all day. 

"I missed you Dave. Did you miss me?"

If I can be serious for a moment, I would just like to say with the Wii becoming obsolete (in a way) with the release of the Wii U on the horizon, the idea of being able to transfer WiiWare and Virtual Console games to your 3DS is a stroke of genius. The personal greeting is a nice touch (as strange as it seems), but I think that’d be better served as Wii U feature in my opinion.

With that said, this is merely a patent at this point, so we have no way of knowing if this is something Nintendo is actually developing/planning to develop or if it is an idea, which may or may not be used in the future. But still, it’s definitely an interesting concept and a nice possible glimpse into the future of what the big N may have in store in for fans, is it not?

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