Nintendo 3DS tag mode will feature in Mario Kart, Animal Crossing

Hideki Konno reveals more about the game data sharing system

Hideki Konno has revealed that the 3DS Tag mode will be rolled out for Mario Kart 3DS and Animal Crossing as well as Nintendogs & Cats.

Nintendo's man in charge of 3DS unveiled the Tag mode along with Nintendogs & Cats at E3 last month. The mode will allow 3DS gamers to share each other's data from Nintendogs & Cats even if they're currently playing something else. Now Konno has told Wired that the feature could also be rolled out for other 3DS games including Mario Kart and Animal Crossing.

"In the hardware, we have the capability that when you first play a game that supports Tag Mode, it will save to a Tag Mode data slot in the hardware system," said Konno. "We are planning to support multiple games at the same time: Mario Kart, Nintendogs, Animal Crossing, etc." Etc? What other games will use this feature?

Sadly Konno didn't expand on the games but he did explain more about the mode. "We'll prepare a Tag Mode Viewer, where if you look at the viewer you'll be able to see that, for example you were able to connect with 50 people in Nintendogs and got their data, or got 100 people in Animal Crossing."

As Konno explained the idea behind Tag mode is to increase the lifespan of your games "We would like to create Tag Mode so that it will bring consumers a sense of wanting to play a game again, after they get new data from games that they'd forgotten about."

So how would it work in Mario Kart for example? As ONM explained in their 3DS FAQ, "If you have Mario Kart and your friend does too. Potentially, if both your 3DSes are in Sleep Mode and in your bags, they'll find each other and share best lap times and ghost replays. Then when you get home and stick your 3DS on you'll find your friend's new ghost laps and get to try racing against them."

[ SOURCE: Wired ]