Nintendo DS to Begin Full Game Downloads We've long known the NIntendo DS to be a capable of downloading content like demos from kiosks, but "complete games" will soon be downloadable through the Wii, and then Wi-Fi transferable to the DS, according to Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime's interview with the NYT. But for the moment, only one game has been announced—Professor Layton. So we're left with more questions than answers. Will Nintendo open up their retro gaming Virtual Console to older Gamboy titles? But even more importantly, will Nintendo really let you download games without a catch? For instance, how will the games be stored on the DS? Or will they be stored at all? In DS retail kiosks, demo content is only shared with the DS in a temporary buffer—nothing is actually written to the system's hard drive because the unit has no such storage. So once you turn off the DS, you lose your demo forever. Nintendo could deal with such an issue in two ways. First, they could use a system like the DSVision or R4, essentially a writable DS cartridge, to store these downloadable titles. Or, as the company is facing incredible amounts of piracy already (before putting the emulation technology into the hands of all consumers), Nintendo could limit the system just as they do DS kiosks. It's feasible that consumers will only have access to the downloaded games between the time they're synced and the time that the DS is turned off. Saving games could become problematic in this scenario, but one has to wonder why Nintendo would put the Wii in the equation at all, otherwise. But at the moment, downloadable DS titles seem like a good idea. We'll be interested to see how this unfolds. Source: Gizmodo Now there's some food for thought. With the recent DSi fulfilling the one barrier for this idea to truly work - that being the storage solution - perhaps this will now become a reality? The idea isn't entirely new, with XBLA and PSN offering new titles over the internet, and with Criterion offering a full game (Burnout Paradise) both over retail and PSN. Plus, downloading older titles isn't new either (PS3 with the PS1 games, Wii with the VC and 360 with the old XBOX titles). Plus, with the DSi also having its own built in DSiWare Shop, the need for a Wii to download the title first is no longer necessary. So, what do you think of this idea? Actually, lets add a poll to boot. Would you use this download service, where you can download new DS titles straight to your DS? Or would you still prefer just going down to the store and buying them?