GTA: Chinatown Wars Includes Wi-Fi Multiplayer

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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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Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.