Nintendo files patent for Wii-3DS linking technology
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?
I'm not sure I'm down with this kind of news casting, like posting their patents or new website domain names, before they even do anything with them...
Transfering VCon & Wiiware games to my 3DS? FUCK YES!!!!! Now I can put all my Phoenix Wright games on my 3DS :)
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yeah, haha exactly :)
How I can see this working...
I have a Legend of Zelda 3D game on my 3DS, and a Wii-U Legend of Zelda game in my Wii-U; When in proxy of my Wii-U, my 3DS suddenly beeps. A secret dungeon in the Wii-U game is opened up through my 3DS, and completing the dungeon in the Wii-U game therefore opens up a side-quest in my 3DS game...
...And it turns out, it will not be just ONE dungeon or quest in either game...
If I can move my VC games to my 3DS, as well as the Wii U if I get that, it would be glorious.
Lol I AM SORRY i can't let you do that DAVE! i wont let you Delete Mario Party on the Virtual console YOU MUST PLAY!!!!! MARIO PARTY AFTER DARK
Now play every single Megaman 8-bit title on the run
It's like VooDoo in your TV On a secong note, this is why Nintendo released Star Fox, Zelda, Mario 64 in 3D, so they won't have to worry about putting another analog stick
I should have said the US patent was filed on Thursday. Sorry about that. I'll fix that right away.
this makes me want a 3DS even moar, i need to go buy that
Wii. It's thinking. About killing you for leaving it home alone for eight hours.
YES!! YES! HOLY SHIT YES! If I'm able to transfer all my NES games to my 3DS and play them. I'd be so happy :D
Hopefully I can play SNES and N64 games on it too
Aren't your VC games transferable to the WiiU anyway or was that just a rumor?
Did anyone else notice that the illustrations are showing a DSi instead of a 3DS?
Also, the patent itself says it was published in October of 2011, not on Thursday.
Ah, yes very good sir.
I can see Virtual Console game transfers, but not so much WiiWare.
It's reference to 2001: A Space Odyssey.
This patent will probably be used on the Wii U but perhaps in a software update the Wii will as well.
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