Buried at the bottom of an IGN preview for the Wii's Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam is the news that not only is this game not going to feature any online component, but every 3rd-party game that comes out for the Wii won't support anything online either. Not until 2007 will publishers be able to offer up Wi-Fi gaming to eager players who picked up a Wii.

Gamers hoping for an online component, however, are in for bad news, because one isn't planned. Activision would not say why, but IGN has separately learned from multiple development sources that Nintendo will not release Wii Wi-Fi Connection libraries to third parties until early 2007, which means that no third party launch title will have an online mode.

Well, that's pretty awful. Seems like a pretty dumb move not to allow your third-party developers to offer online play with your launch titles. Online gaming has arguably become essential for most players and considering your system isn't in high-def or truly next-gen graphics wise, what other incentive besides a different control scheme would a gamer have in picking up your product?

Check after the break for the possible launch titles that would certainly be affected by this.

Possible launch titles that could be majorly affected by not having online play:
  • Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII
  • Blitz: The League
  • Call of Duty 3
  • Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2
  • Far Cry
  • Madden NFL 07
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
  • Need for Speed: Carbon
  • Rayman Raving Rabbids
  • Red Steel
  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz
  • Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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