Hopefully by now many of you are aware of what Nintendo introduced at GDC this past February. If not, hang on to your pants (and wallet), as wi-fi will no longer be an ultimately free service. Nintendo will be starting their first “Pay and Play” online project with Sega’s upcoming “Samba de Amigo“, a maraca dancing game that resembles something like “Dance Revolution”… with your hands. As fun as the trailer seems for this game, it will also be the first to implement a “pay to play” service. What you will need to pay for is still unclear, but I can reassure you that Wi-fi will no longer be the free service we all had fun with. Games that will support the “Pay to Play” service will contain the traditional “Wi-fi” logo (in red) along with the words “pay-to-play” underneath. Purchasing whatever service is provided by “pay and play” is still a mystery, but you will be using Wii Points respectively. For more info on Nintendo’s crazy 360th degree of a turn for wi-fi gaming, please visit this source.
Most of us already know about the Wii’s rendition of Mario Baseball, Mario Super Sluggers. But has this game been made to suit everyone’s expectations? Nope, not really. Although Mario Sluggers is sure to be a good game while it lasts, there won’t be any “baseballing” through Nintendo’s wi-fi connection. The only means of multiplayer fun will rely on having friends or family come over for a game or two. After Mario Strikers proved to be a decent game with its wi-fi, why wasn’t Super Sluggers a candidate? This leaves much questioning on Nintendo’s part. As we anxiously wait for the Mario Super Sluggers release, let’s hope the adventure is worth the trouble.
This video may show just how bad things may end up for fans of Brawl’s wi-fi connection. If hacking starts to spread, the lag already present through wi-fi will be nothing compared to what hackers can do. Obviously, messing around with a video game’s structure and altering its encryption can ruin the fun for many, especially if it is used during online gameplay. Let us hope Nintendo is prepared for this…