E3 '07: DGamer heads to DS

Disney planning community-based online network to launch in May 2008 for Nintendo handheld.

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SANTA MONICA, Calif.--Surprising to some, a few of the biggest announcements coming out of this year's E3 Media and Business Summit weren't from the big-three participants; rather, they came from Disney Interactive Studios. During Microsoft's press conference, Jeff Bell revealed a deal with Disney to bring a whole slate of films to Xbox Live Marketplace. Yesterday, the House of Mouse revealed its unlikely pairing with industry luminary Warren Spector, whose credits include the universally lauded System Shock II, Deus Ex, and Thief games.

Disney revealed one final announcement for the show. Partnering with Nintendo, Disney will launch the social-networking service DGamer for the Nintendo DS. By way of the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, DGamer lets players create and customize personal avatars, chat with other DS owners, view leaderboards, and vote in polls. DGamer will come packed in with all Disney games on the DS released after the service launches, and gamers can also access the network through the DGamer Channel on Disney's Web site.

The first games to implement DGamer will be the recently announced The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Spectrobes II, and Hanna Montana 3, all coming next year for the DS. By completing challenges in-game or online, players will be able to unlock special content for their DGamer profiles, including game-themed backgrounds, items, skins, and avatar costumes. Players can then trade or gift these items to others in the DGamer network.

DGamer is the product of Disney's Fall Line Studio, which was created last year to focus exclusively on Nintendo Wii and DS development. DGamer is set for a May 2008 release in North America, and Disney plans to expand the service to its worldwide audience at a later date.

Discussion

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NiiN-10-Doe
NiiN-10-Doe

this might b cool wit Spectrobes II. maybe Prince Caspian. i hope they come out with more original titles like Spectrobes.

Act_IV
Act_IV

It's gonna be filtered to hell.

GspotDeluxer
GspotDeluxer

Uh..................to bad the games will suck

easteast
easteast

Only the movies will sell well on the Marketplace. I don't know of any XBL users who like Hannah Montana...

krypto74
krypto74

Hannah Montana, the newest Vivid girl for 2010. Yaaay, now 3 year olds can chat with other disney game fans!! I think this isn't really news.

geardawg
geardawg

But some 3rd party n00bs and cartoon people jump in? Pfft... good luck

geardawg
geardawg

or maybe a firmware update with a GBA slot HDD/Memory expansion pak thingy to store Mii's or chat or send messages or "Channels" so you have a non motion senitve Wii in your pocket? Cha-Ching!!! for nintendo

Neomelkoreta
Neomelkoreta

HOLY **** Hanna Montana 3 is gunna drop bombs all over you noobz! Cant wait to get online and chat to fellow lil girls about our secksual fantasies!!!!

Lord_Artix
Lord_Artix

Yeah...Nintendo should do this for all their games. Then maybe I'd give a damn...But Disney? No. Just no...

nintendo_fan675
nintendo_fan675

I always hated Disney games for there low quality this better be good

BoogleandFoogi
BoogleandFoogi

seems interesting, hopefully something like this happens on the Wii, because I think I'm gonna sell my DS

Bandit_Haze
Bandit_Haze

-InsrtNameHere- Interesting... Alot like Microsoft and their 'achievements' indeed, though thats not a bad thing if thats what you're gettin at.. i think this is a good idea, i hope other publishers follow suit

-InsrtNameHere-
-InsrtNameHere-

Interesting... Alot like Microsoft and their 'achievements'

DSJAM
DSJAM

This is a great idea,I just wish it was for more than just disney games.

jesus_knight
jesus_knight

cool the nintendo DS will be even more popular

Yodax007
Yodax007

actually home sounds a lot like animal crossing. Except for the in game advertising...

jem_gal
jem_gal

sounds interesting...and that's all i can say

azone12
azone12

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rockinrobot1991
rockinrobot1991

Hopefully Nintendo will catch on and let people chat in their games. Mario Kart minus trash talking equals less fun.

lase88
lase88

@msudude And Home kind of seems like a Sims game, but also seems like myspace, which seems like facebook, which kinda seems like talking to people in real life, which is kind of like life, which is...wait a minute...

msudude211
msudude211

Kind of seems like the PS3's "Home" idea.

net_mugger
net_mugger

Well...let's see how it goes...what else can I say?!

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

Think I'll be leaving this one. ;)

etcetcetc
etcetcetc

oh man dgamer sounds awesome, oh shi- hannah montana 3 i am now the happiest gamer ever *WARNING* major sarcasm alert

MasterAsh42
MasterAsh42

So. . .online features DS owners are clamoring for are being put into games they don't play? Nintendo. . .buddy. . .pal. . .Why do you test me so?

Saphire_Kitsune
Saphire_Kitsune

Um...Okay. *shrugs* It sounds kind of interesting...I guess...maybe...possibly..sort of...

SpikeCool
SpikeCool

This is going to be either very good or very bad

roan23
roan23

Disney, Noooooooooooo, try to go to PSP plz. More kids games, and crappy games for DS, they just want to expended the DS library.

jesus_knight
jesus_knight

yea maeros4 disney games sometimes are very good, remember lion king and aladin for the snes

Maeros4
Maeros4

i like disney getting in videogames :)

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

Huh this is kind of an interesting idea, I think this could work as a good prototype.

Banhammer3000
Banhammer3000

Yay more crap for the Ds.This wouldnt be so bad if it wasnt because friend codes are going to cripple the game real bad.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Sounds like it could work well but needs more games.

Agreb91
Agreb91

A Hannah Montana game! Wow!

teknicz
teknicz

Agreed with the other posters, let's do this for all DS games, or make a new firmware to include it in the DS itself.

JFannn
JFannn

hopefully our avatars wont have to be Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck

yoshi_64
yoshi_64

Wow.. Disney tops Nintendo in their own network? Who'd of thunk? Sadly it's just Disney games... get back to me on that Warren Spector game then if it's for the DS, and hopefully it has this... hell Nintendo... are you listening?

bobtheflounder
bobtheflounder

If they had something like this that worked with ALL DS games rather than just Disney games, I might actually be excited about this. Who knows, maybe this will finally convince me to pick up Hanna Montana 3. I was skeptical about HM 1 and 2, but the third time might just be the charm.

dragonlordalpha
dragonlordalpha

Well this is going to suck... This would be cool if it wasn't Disney themed

lamprey263
lamprey263

What's the point? Don't people already complain the DS Wi-Fi is an uber pain in the ass to use?

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

Sounds kind of like, Disney Chatroom + Xbox LIve on the DS = ummm, market gimmick?

kylestarr
kylestarr

They should incorporate the VMK onto the DS!!

trj156
trj156

ds would be awesome with a network similar to xbox live.