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[CORRECTED] NYT: Nintendo To Expand Wii, DS Integration

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime recently discussed the success of the Wii and the DS with the New York Times, telling the newspaper of future plans to integrate the two more tightly, including full DS game downloads through the console, in

Leigh Alexander, Contributor

January 2, 2008

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Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime recently discussed the success of the Wii and the DS with the New York Times, reportedly stating that future incarnations of the DS will integrate more tightly with the Wii. The DS already enjoys a degree of integration with the Wii in Japan, where the device can wirelessly receive demo content downloaded from the Wii, and the Times says Nintendo plans to extend these features into the North American market, enabling users to download not only demos but complete games from the Wii to the DS through wireless transfer. The article also reports that Level-5's upcoming puzzle title, Professor Layton, will be upgradeable with new puzzles that can be downloaded over the DS's Wi-Fi connection. The times cited NPD sales figures pegging sales of the handheld at 1.53 million units, compared to 981,000 Wii consoles. “To aggressively drive DS business we need to provide other forms of entertainment to excite the consumer," Fils-Aime told the paper. [UPDATE: A Nintendo of America representative has told Gamasutra that Fils-Aime was misquoted in the New York Times article. "An article about the Nintendo DS video game system in the December 31 Business Day section (of the NYT) incorrectly referred to future capabilities of the device," said the representative. "The statement that complete Nintendo DS games will eventually be able to be downloaded into the device via a wireless connection with the company's Wii game console is incorrect." The rep continued, "Users can download games to play on Wii, and, in the future, the Nintendo DS will be able to receive demo versions of some DS games from Wii, but not the entire game. The demo will be erased once the Nintendo DS is turned off."]

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Leigh Alexander


Leigh Alexander is Editor At Large for Gamasutra and the site's former News Director. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Variety, Slate, Paste, Kill Screen, GamePro and numerous other publications. She also blogs regularly about gaming and internet culture at her Sexy Videogameland site. [NOTE: Edited 10/02/2014, this feature-linked bio was outdated.]

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