GTA: Chinatown Wars Includes Wi-Fi Multiplayer

By Ishaan . February 9, 2009 . 5:50am

 

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars flyer circulating at NYC Comic Con this past week revealed some very interesting tidbits about how Rockstar plans to use the DS’s Wi-Fi capabilities. As a big fan of developers pushing weaker hardware, I couldn’t resist posting this.

 

Here’s what the flyer reads:

 

* All new replay feature allows you to replay all of your favorite missions

* Nintendo Wi-FI mode means head-to-head and co-op multiplayer mayhem

*  Stat tracking and leaderboards that track your criminal career

* Epic storyline with tons of side-missions, addictive mini-games and hidden collectibles

 

What’s impressive here is not just that Rockstar is including multiplayer in the game, but that they’re including co-op multiplayer and stat-tracking, which is nothing short of amazing considering this entire affair is going to be on the Nintendo DS. It’s kind of hard not to get excited at the thought of portable GTA with multiplayer.

 

Every single time I read about Chinatown Wars, it seems more and more likely that this will be the game that gets me back into GTA, which I stopped enjoying after the series went full-3D. Part of it has to do with the fact that the game is set in Chinatown – a welcome change from San Andreas and Vice City and what have you. 

 

Images courtesy of GoNintendo and T2.


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  • Akimitsu

    I must admit that the prospect of co-op multiplayer, in addition to head-to-head, is very interesting and makes me want to keep a very close eye on this GTA addition.

  • Pichi

    Seems to pack more meat than I thought. I’ll be keeping an eye as well. If they have alot of features and missions, this could push me to get it as well.

  • http://denpanosekai.blogspot.com denpanosekai

    This will set the bar so high for future DS games!

  • Rciwws

    Next up: MGS5 DS

  • Strike_Man

    Joystiq is claiming that, despite the flyer’s claims, the game’s co-op and multiplayer functions are for local play only, and the WiFi connect function is pretty much limited to Rockstar’s Social Club:

    http://www.joystiq.com/2009/02/09/gta-chinatown-wars-features-wi-fi-connection-but-offline-multip/

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      The Joystiq article doesn’t cite any sources, so I guess we’ll have to wait for comment from Take Two if they catch that.

  • Aoshi00

    My sister went to ComicCon this past weekend and have brought back lots of swags, including a GTA Chinatown Wars T-shirt and a Dragonball Evolution dragonball that would sparkle :)

  • shion16

    Epic storyline with tons of side-missions, addictive mini-games and hidden collectibles

    That is enough for me to buy it

  • Mike

    Only Local Wireless Play available. Wi-fi is only for trade.

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