Nintendo’s Wii to Leverage Multiplayer Technology from GameSpy

Finally, some concrete online Wii details by way of its new middleware partner GameSpy. From the release: “GameSpy, a unit of Fox Interactive Media, announced today that it will provide multiplayer technology to game publishers developing titles for Nintendo’s Wii video game system. 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.”

Best news we’ve heard in a while. Here’s hoping this baby can deliver…

9 Comments

  1. FINALLY!!

    This is what Wii is sorely missing! For a while I thought Nintendo was just going to continue ignoring online social gaming altogether again.

  2. According to the PR, gamespy already do the middleware for the DS so they are not exactly a new partner, and there is unfortunatley no indication that they’ll be doing anything other than friend codes for the wii. Hope that changes though!

    I would also love to see achievements for all games even if there is no online play.

  3. But will gamers be able to pay money to get cool new outfits? How about dynamic advertising — will there be any plastered all over the walls? Will it look like Second Life?

    If not, then no thanks.

  4. Jack’s just grumpy ‘cuz this morning he lost his “longest post” record to Erick Yockey.

  5. Ben, reading is such a powerful tool:

    “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.”

    Obviously more then friends codes.
    and i would not like achievements. waste of resources, go play xbox if you want that, or ps3 soon. a game should be able to stand on its own. if you only keep enjoying it because of some arbitrary goals, you should try a fresher game. and how about make your own goals, that would be even better. how original.

  6. this is one of the best announcements about online play that i have heard so far

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  8. Is that spam above me? I really don’t like spam. I live in Hawaii and see enough of that crap….

    Matchmaking! THEY INCLUDED MATCHMAKING! That is awesome! Now, will we use our gamespy ID to connect? That would make us able to see friends in other games. PleaseOPleaseOPlease NintenGods!

    -Josh OUT!

  9. If anyone doubt that gamespy can do a good job, they should go check out the PC matchmaking software. It is really slick.

    -Chris in TN