Masato Kuwahara, project leader of the Nintendo DSi Hardware group, responsible for the development of the new Nintendo handheld, says that the company is planning "Nintendo DSi enhanced game cards," offering DSi hardware-specific game features.
That means games that play on both the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo DSi, but have features that can't be accessed on the previous version of the hardware platform.
"For example," Kuwahara said today, "you will use these features if you want to create textures from photographs taken with the DSi camera." He said during his talk, "The Inspiration Behind Nintendo DSi Development," that these types of "Nintendo DSi Enhanced" game cards are still in development.
That feature could be used in games like Animal Crossing: Wild World, which currently uses an in-game texture creation tool that allows users to create patterns with the DS touchscreen.
Kotaku AU Note: What did I say on Tuesday in the Two-Player Mode debate? Oh yeah, this:
Splitting the market has to be a major concern. As you mention, why would any publisher wilfully ignore a market 100 million strong? I fear we're going to see very few titles supporting the new features of the DSi, certainly this year and next. And when they do, I suspect it may well be a case where a publisher will release the same game across the DS and DSi, but offer an extra camera-based mini-game or something in an effort to appease owners of the latter. It simply wouldn't make financial sense to do otherwise.