Nintendo will again turn to GameSpy as a provider of its online service, a press release has revealed. Also, there will be matchmaking capabilities, which appears to be proof that Nintendo will expand its current online offering with the DS, mostly requiring users to exchange friend codes.
As part of an ongoing partnership with Nintendo, GameSpy has developed middleware technology to enable Wii titles to offer community features, such as friend rosters, advanced matchmaking capabilities and comprehensive rankings data.
EDIT Actually, the above wording need not necessarily embody an advance on the online features currently used in DS games. The original press release concerning GameSpy and Nintendo collaborating for the DS read:
Now developers can easily and confidently add advanced matchmaking, community and other multiplayer services to their Nintendo DS games.
It remains to be seen just what is meant by ´friend rosters´ and ´comprehensive rankings´. I am in touch with GameSpy´s press agency to get you more details.
Source: Business Wire
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