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DS E3 Demos Available from the Aether

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the what-else-is-it-good-for? dept.

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Press the Buttons has the news that if you have a DS at E3 2005, this year's demos will be downloadable via wireless networks. From the article: "Now this has me thinking... since data downloaded into the Nintendo DS wirelessly stays in memory until the system is turned off, wouldn't it be possible to download, say, a Mario Kart DS demo at E3 and then just keep the system in sleep mode whenever it wasn't in use, thereby keeping the demo in your hands for weeks or even months after E3 is over?"

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ROMs (2, Interesting)

turtled (845180) | more than 8 years ago | (#12519384)

Or, what about RIPping it to a ROM? I know there are some emulators in the works, but I do see that as happening. Demo Kiosks in stores and malls, new games "exclusive" to one store soon to be downloaded. I for one am glad they went with wireless, and I can't wait for the official wireless from the big N in November.

Re:ROMs (1)

shoptroll (544006) | more than 8 years ago | (#12519884)

Like they're seriously going to put the whole game on the 'net?

It's a demo, it's probably going to be crippled in some way in order to fit in the DS's RAM anyways.

If they do get these in ROM form, I'm sure that won't tick the big N off that much, and could be a good viral marketing side effect if that were to happen.

Re:ROMs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12522023)

curious how they'll emulate the touch screen.

Re:ROMs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12523012)

Der, how 'bout a mouse?

Store the demos forever? (3, Interesting)

fwitness (195565) | more than 8 years ago | (#12519386)

Yeah, you could store the demos forever if you'd like. You would just never be able to play anything else, since you couldn't restart your DS.

I like the idea of downloading these demo's on the floor though. A simple yet very cool implementation of our new wireless world.

Re:Store the demos forever? (2, Funny)

Servo5678 (468237) | more than 8 years ago | (#12519461)

Yeah, you could store the demos forever if you'd like. You would just never be able to play anything else, since you couldn't restart your DS.

Such is the price of having Mario Kart months before your non-E3 friends.

Rock! (1)

bleaknik (780571) | more than 8 years ago | (#12519430)

'kay. Here's my plan. Kill someone with an E3 pass, steal it, and find my way in...

On a completely different subject, do any of you have tickets to E3?...

Re:Rock! (3, Funny)

Fr05t (69968) | more than 8 years ago | (#12519532)

Or build a WiFi antenna out of a pringles can and tin foil, then try to intercept the demos from outside the building.

FP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12519432)

FIRST POST !!!!!

Re:FP (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12519540)

haw haw! /nelson

I did that once (1)

Acy James Stapp (1005) | more than 8 years ago | (#12519823)

With Bruce Lee on my C64. I had a friend with a 1541 who brought it over and we started the game. I played for about a week until I felt an overwhelming urge to write a program.

Re:I did that once (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12520200)

You're either showing your age, or you're VERY poor.

Yes indeed (4, Funny)

Apreche (239272) | more than 8 years ago | (#12519827)

This will be extra awesome since people wont have to wait in lines to play demos if they have their own DSes. It might even be faster to buy a new DS than to wait in line giving Nintendo a few sales.

I'm going to the Nintendo store opening tomorrow, hopefully they'll have something like this there too. As soon as I get within range I'm going to hit that download play button. I also fully expect all four picto chat rooms to be full and populated with representations of male genitalia.

Re:Yes indeed (1)

StingRayGun (611541) | more than 8 years ago | (#12520221)

I'll be there too. Wanna play some metroid?

Re:Yes indeed (1)

Apreche (239272) | more than 8 years ago | (#12526205)

Sure, look for me, I'll be wearing a metroid shirt. My roommate will be wearing a pirate shirt, he has long hair and you might mistake him for a woman. Don't expect a good game though, I kind of suck :(

Re:Yes indeed (3, Funny)

MyDixieWrecked (548719) | more than 8 years ago | (#12520532)

I also fully expect all four picto chat rooms to be full and populated with representations of male genitalia.

the real trick would be to broadcast pictochat graphics from a laptop to all the rooms with spam advertisements for viagra and the like.

Even better would be the Nigerian scam... pictochat style.

demo (2, Interesting)

rayde (738949) | more than 8 years ago | (#12523101)

well the DS has a clock right? i'm guessing Nintendo would be capable of time-limiting these demos to be unplayable after E3.

Re:demo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12526099)

DS Download Play games are resident in RAM, and are deleted when the unit is powered down.

Re:demo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12526191)

Sure, but if they program these demos to expire/self-delete automatically 20 minutes after you've downloaded them, what then?

Maybe that's why you can only modify the system clock from the firmware's control panel interface.

Re:demo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12526628)

Or worse, the unit power downs after the demo is finished!

OMG!

Maybe even share p2p style wireless (1)

UltimaL337Star (641853) | more than 8 years ago | (#12526480)

Next thing you know the next time you stick that ds back in it's case a guy will be charging at you yelling "I wasn't finished downloading fu#$er!"

couldnt the competition abuse this idea? (1)

LewieP (883971) | more than 8 years ago | (#12528360)

i cant wait for sony/microsoft to fill pictochat-rooms with ad's for their own products.

or possibly an demo ap, which is just a rolling video, that is watched on the DS, showing their products in action

Re:couldnt the competition abuse this idea? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12529874)

That would require a pretty detailed knowledge of the DS firmware, which I doubt either Sony or Microsoft has.

I'd rather see people whipping out their DS's and holding a Metroid deathmatch while waiting in line to play Perfect Dark or having a Mario Kart tournament in the PSP booth. How's that for competition?
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