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DS Online Discussion

Discussion in 'General Video Game Discussion' started by Doctor Oak, Oct 10, 2005.

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  1. Doctor Oak

    Staff Member Overlord

    This is a topic to encapsulate the entire front of taking the DS online wirelessly. This first post will house the Friend Numbers of everyone who posts so that we can play against eachother and the rest of the topic can be dedicated to talk of the online games.

    For now, the topic is for talk in anticipation of Mario Kart DS' launch on November 14th in America and the launch of the Wireless connection in the West. (The entire thing kicking off in Japan on the 11th with Animal Crossing and hitting Europe on the 25th).

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    Mario Kart DS Friend Numbers:

    Quagsire Qing: 472505 828923
    Doctor Oak: 489686 293825
    Linkachu: 098844 591185
    Salamence-trainer221: 519750 569832
    TheBlueAvenger: 262053 587729
    Plusle33: 257759 010515
    Trainer_Yoshimitsu: 541229 084779
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    Animal Crossing DS Friend Numbers:

    Doctor Oak: 0301-2584-6858
    Character Name: Alex
    Town Name: Charmsly

    TheBlueAvenger: 1761-5542-5940
    Name: Jeff
    Town: Onett

    Linkachu: 3565-4489-6986
    Character Name: Katie
    Town: Treno
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    Confirmed Online Games:

    Mario Kart DS - Out Everywhere!
    Animal Crossing: Wild World Out Everywhere
    Metroid Prime Hunters Out Everywhere
    Tony Hawk's American Sk8land Out Everywhere!
    Bleach (Sega & Treasure)
    Lost Magic (Taito) (Out Everywhere... I think)
    Contact (Marvelous Interactive)
    Tetris DS (Out Everywhere)
    Tales of the Tempest (Bandai Namco)
     
  2. Doctor Oak

    Staff Member Overlord

    Sadly no-one's yet stepped up with an MMORPG - unless you can somehow count Animal Crossing in that.

    I suspect that once one of those rolls out for the DS (and I very much imagine it shall) we'll see the entire thing steamroller. Especially if the Koreans pick up on it.
     
  3. Linkachu

    Linkachu Hero of Pizza
    Staff Member Administrator

    Friend Code:
    4167-4498-1464
    I assume you didn't mean to type March there :p

    I can't wait to get my DS online! Hopefully there will be some sort of discount for the USB wireless device when you buy Mario Kart DS because, bar some unforeseen difficulty, I'll be getting both the day they're released. I'm not even that revved up for Mario Kart itself really - it's the online function I'm anticipating ^^
     
  4. Doctor Oak

    Staff Member Overlord

    Oops, sounds like the European DS Release Date snuck in there instead.

    Or was it the 11th?

    It's perplexing that by the time we're playing Mario Kart online the DS will have been on the market a year. Mostly perplexing at the fact that only in the last couple of weeks have the REAL games been coming out.

    It really doesn't feel like a year, so I hope the DS charges on for more than the 5 year life-span of most systems. I feel that by taking it online there's so much to get out of it that the only possible improvement would be 128 bit power as opposed to 64 bit.

    But really, thanks to the lower resolution, 64 bit is really quite enough. 128 bit on a handheld (As you see in the PSP, just about) might as well be 'Next-Gen' so long as there arn't stupid graphical errors.

    I do wonder if 64bit power will be enough to give the DS a full MMORPG without severe lagging. One would assume that unless Ninty themselves were to front it, we'd be paying for it also (Servers are nasty buggers, but luckily not necessary for most online DS ventures - except MMORPGs that is).

    I hold out incredible faith that the DS can give us not only unique games but also simply great portable online gaming. I don't really care if it makes use of both screens or is uber-touch-screeny so long as the game is good at any rate.

    I think some companies need to take that on board when developing for the DS. They certainly shouldn't ignore what they have but it's blindingly obvious when Touch Screen uses are crammed in as gimmicks. Not to mention it makes a mockery of the games that use it to full effect.
     
  5. Linkachu

    Linkachu Hero of Pizza
    Staff Member Administrator

    Friend Code:
    4167-4498-1464
    IGN recently put up an article detailing all the things MKDS can and can't do online. You can check it out HERE

    I'll break it down for anyone too lazy to read the article :wink:

    Mario Kart DS...
    *Enables two, three, or four player races in 20 of the available 32 race tracks (Not every track is available, and there is no Battle Mode. This isn't an online Grand Prix where you race against the CPU)
    *Has the ability to keep a log of people you consider friends (Either by directly connecting to their DS offline or imputing their 12 digit Friend number*).
    *Automatically links players together in the match-up**
    *Keeps track of the win-loss record against members in your Friend's List
    *Mario Kart DS will alert you when a Friend is logged on and waiting to play a match (But it won't tell you which Friend)
    *Certain elements have been taken out of the game to reduce lag over the server (ie. some power-ups, the ability to hold a banana/shell behind your kart for protection, etc.)
    *Mario Kart DS does not allow for specific match-ups (If you have multiple friends active under the "Friends" search setting it won't allow you to pick one or two particular friends to race. It also won't let you start a two/three Friend race manually. You'd first have to wait until the server gives up trying to find four Friend racers)
    *It doesn't allow players to "Friend" online racers (Meaning you can't add random people you race over the server to your list, and you don't have anyway to contact them to ask for their Friend ID. There's a chance that you'll be able to search for names over the NintendoWiFi.com website but the details on it are still sketchy)
    *Mario Kart DS does not penalize players who disconnect in the middle of the match (Meaning you can drop out when you're losing and it won't affect your score. Cheap! :p)
    *You can view your Friend's win-loss scores against you, but not their global scores.

    * & ** are two blocks of info that I'll quote directly:
    And...

    And there ya have it. MK DS' online! ... When Lugiasian originally described the faults to me she made them sound worse then they actually were :p
     
  6. Doctor Oak

    Staff Member Overlord

    Now would be a good time to start sending in Friend Codes.

    I'll update the main post with everyone's codes for easy access.
     
  7. I'll make mine the first Friend Code: 472505 828923. See y'all soon.
     
  8. Linkachu

    Linkachu Hero of Pizza
    Staff Member Administrator

    Friend Code:
    4167-4498-1464
    You'll be seeing me on it as soon as I crash someones wi-fi connection and EBGames finally gets the game in :p

    If you've already tried out MKSDS over the network, what's it like? How's the lag n' stuff?
     
  9. Lag? What lag? There are two other problems, though. The first is that it always takes a few minutes to find enough players for a race (this should be solved once more people start playing) and the other is that about 60% of the time I can't connect to it (for the sake of everyone else, I hope this is a "me" problem).
     
  10. Linkachu

    Linkachu Hero of Pizza
    Staff Member Administrator

    Friend Code:
    4167-4498-1464
    I tried searching for a wi-fi connection in my res building and of course found none. Knew I was being too hopeful XP

    Good news is my PC and network passed Ninty's compatibility test with flying colors, so once I get my USB Connector in the mail everything should work just fine. I'll just have to cross my fingers and hope the silly network doesn't start acting up (like it does for more everything else I try to do online...)

    EDIT: It's reasons like this that I love my sister. Just ordered my USB Connector with her credit card. In give or take 10 buisness days I'll be online and ready for challenges ^^
     
  11. Ten days? That's WAY too long! I've already got 52 online races under my belt! I'll be pro compared to you. :wink:
     
  12. NonAnalogue

    Friend Code:
    5026-4426-1745
    I have MKDS now, but... the firewall on our computer is being weird, so it might be a little bit before I'm actually online. :/
     
  13. Doctor Oak

    Staff Member Overlord

    Got it and finally got it online (The signal's weak up here - probably thanks to all the electronical guff I have going).

    Here's my friend code, feel free to add me:

    489686 293825

    Now, if you don't mind, i'm off to actually play the game. :-p

    *Adds QQ's number*
     
  14. Linkachu

    Linkachu Hero of Pizza
    Staff Member Administrator

    Friend Code:
    4167-4498-1464
    Heading to bed, but before I go...

    Friend code for MKDS: 098844 591185 ^_^
     
  15. We need to meet online sometime. The fact that we have a seven-hour time difference between myself and Oak (with Katie stuck in the middle) isn't particularly condusive, though.
     
  16. Linkachu

    Linkachu Hero of Pizza
    Staff Member Administrator

    Friend Code:
    4167-4498-1464
    4pm-10/11pm my time is generally an open area for me to get online, barring that I'm not out with friends or busy with Uni work. Chances are if you wanted to meet anytime between 10am and 11pm I'd be able to swing it though, especially now since I'm done all my classes for the semester.

    So, suggest a time that'd work for you and I'll try to be there :)

    Btw - I know a few people have been wondering if we keep the same Friend IDs for each game and from what I can tell the answer is no. On another forum a visit a member has both MKDS and Tony Hawk and his IDs for each are different. That doesn't shock me too much really since the definition of the Friend ID is a unique code between each game and DS unit.

    Oh well. Unless one of us actually get Tony Hawk we won't have to worry about this until AC is out.
     
  17. Linkachu

    Linkachu Hero of Pizza
    Staff Member Administrator

    Friend Code:
    4167-4498-1464
    Strange... I have Sal's Friend ID registered exactly how he posted it but I'm still getting the response as if we've never raced before or his ID is entered wrongly o.O

    Any idea how to fix this?
     
  18. NonAnalogue

    Friend Code:
    5026-4426-1745
    Yay! My wireless works now!

    Here's my Friend code for MKDS:

    262053
    587729
     
  19. Doctor Oak

    Staff Member Overlord

    *Has to reorganise first post now*

    Stupid 1 code per-game system.

    My AC:DS Code:

    0301-2584-6858
     
  20. I would also like to be on your friends lists if you don't mind.
    257759010515
     
  21. Doctor Oak

    Staff Member Overlord

    Welcome back ;).

    *Adds you to list*

    That's for Mario Kart I assume?
     
  22. Doctor Oak

    Staff Member Overlord

    *pokes people to start posting AC codes*
     
  23. NonAnalogue

    Friend Code:
    5026-4426-1745
    I have AC now.

    My friend code: 1761-5542-5940.
    Name: Jeff
    Town: Onett

    If I find anything in my town messed up, I will make someone pay. :evil:
     
  24. Linkachu

    Linkachu Hero of Pizza
    Staff Member Administrator

    Friend Code:
    4167-4498-1464
    You won't have to worry about that from me. I'm just as protective about my own town ^^

    I think people around here need to be less paranoid about sharing their Friend IDs (*pokes QQ*). If one of us actually did screw around in someone's town they could easily be black listed, not to mention severely bitched at :twisted: Just don't log the IDs of people you don't know/trust if you don't want to risk anything.

    I'll have my info up as soon as I get it and you guys better be around for me to visit your places 8)
     
  25. Doctor Oak

    Staff Member Overlord

    *Hasn't touched AC:DS in weeks* ^^

    I was right, Rush and Emerald Pwnz0red it.
     
  26. Linkachu

    Linkachu Hero of Pizza
    Staff Member Administrator

    Friend Code:
    4167-4498-1464
    *Hasn't touched Rush in days*

    Surprise, surprise. Aside from Wild Arms Alter Code: F, AC: WW is all I've been playing ^^
     
  27. NonAnalogue

    Friend Code:
    5026-4426-1745
    I've been alternating between AC:WW and M&L2. I just beat the latter this morning. The final battle and the final final battle are both soooo much fun...
     
  28. Linkachu

    Linkachu Hero of Pizza
    Staff Member Administrator

    Friend Code:
    4167-4498-1464
    Was that a sarcastic remark or were they truly fun? ;)

    I've barely started that game... I HOPE this time 'round I'll actually stick with it to the end. All my RPG time is currently being swallowed up by Wild Arms, though, and then afterwards there's so much else to play @__@
     
  29. NonAnalogue

    Friend Code:
    5026-4426-1745
    Actually, I was not being sarcastic. Aside from possibly Giygas, they're the most fun I've had with final bosses.

    Mild Spoilers: The last boss doesn't let you attack... at all. :twisted:
     
  30. Linkachu

    Linkachu Hero of Pizza
    Staff Member Administrator

    Friend Code:
    4167-4498-1464
    Final-freakin'-ly!

    For AC WW...
    Friend ID: 3565-4489-6986
    Character Name: Katie
    Town: Treno

    Props to anyone who knows the origin of my town's name. El would definitely know it ;)

    TBA, we gotta set up a time to meet! I wanna visit your town ^^
     
  31. NonAnalogue

    Friend Code:
    5026-4426-1745
    I'm online right now. My gates are also open 'till about 10:15 EST, maybe, so stop in if you see this.

    Actually, scratch that, I have other things I need to do at he moment. Some other time.
     
  32. Linkachu

    Linkachu Hero of Pizza
    Staff Member Administrator

    Friend Code:
    4167-4498-1464
    Alright, it's the weekend now. If anyone will allow me to visit their AC town over the next few days give me a time when your gates will be open. Anyone feel free to visit mine, too. Just give me a time you'll be around and I'll try to have the game on.

    That is all.
     
  33. NonAnalogue

    Friend Code:
    5026-4426-1745
    My gates will be open in the next five minutes, but I likely won't be playing until about a half-hour from now.
    EDIT: Scratch that, WF connection acting up. Will edit upon fixing.

    EDIT2: Fixed. Come on in.
     
  34. Yoshimitsu

    Former Moderator

    You got that right, Katie. Why not Alexandria? :wink:
     
  35. Linkachu

    Linkachu Hero of Pizza
    Staff Member Administrator

    Friend Code:
    4167-4498-1464
    Off-hand, Alexandria was probably too long, but I mostly picked Treno because it was always a fave of mine and I was on a T-theme from my last AC town (Timber). Yeah, Timber's a more generic name, but I assure you it was after the FFVIII town ;)
     
  36. Yoshimitsu

    Former Moderator

    Finally got wireless, so I'm hijacking the connection.

    MKDS Friend Code - 541229 084779
     
  37. Linkachu

    Linkachu Hero of Pizza
    Staff Member Administrator

    Friend Code:
    4167-4498-1464
    Heh... I just got a good laugh while playing AC:WW. I caught Blanca walking sideways, meaning I couldn't really see her face. She told me her face design was called "Pokeblue" and had been drawn by someone named Joel (no idea who that is). The design name intrigued me enough to check out what the picture actually was, and its a badly drawn PokeBall. Yeah, I shouldn't be at all suprised by this, but still. It's awesome to run into Pokemon stuff like that ^^

    *Fixed up Joel's PokeBall to make it look more decent*

    EDIT:

    Ruby: "I hope you go to JAIL! And that your stupid house is TORN DOWN, narf!!" ... and now she's steaming.

    I feel like a meanie ;__;
     
  38. Doctor Oak

    Staff Member Overlord

    I'm changing this topic to a general online DS Discussion Topic, as you'll see you can now add your Mario Kart and AC:WW details in your profile instead.

    However, I will probably only extend this further for D/P or any other Pokemon Games. Only games that make a HUGE mark on the online system will be available globally around the board to view. However, as the online games come out I will continue to add the options to put them in your profiles so even if they don't show up when you post, you can see them when you go to your profile.
     
  39. NonAnalogue

    Friend Code:
    5026-4426-1745
    Can you add your AC:WW name to your profile? Because it doesn't seem so at the moment.
     
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