As I always state with a story related to Falafelkid, I always trust his information 100% Having said that, take a look at his conversation with a GameSpy rep about the Wii’s online features.
Falafelkid: I would like to know if I am right in assuming that the features mentioned (friend rosters, advanced matchmaking capabilities and comprehensive rankings data) suggest a single, unified online platform for each console, rather than one which is dependent on individual games (as is the case with the DS).
GameSpy: GameSpy’s technology does allow for features that could span multiple games. With the Nintendo Wii, however, the multiplayer features are title-specific.
Falafelkid: But is that the case for all Wii online titles across the board?
GameSpy: Yes, that is the case for Wii titles.
Falafelkid: Just one last question to make absolutely sure I have got this right, please. If I have a friend roster in one game, that roster will not be available to me in any other game. I have to build up an entirely new list for each title, right?
GameSpy: The answer to your question is yes, for the Wii friend lists are game specific.
Uh-oh…I think this is going to make a lot of people angry…myself included. Huge thanks to Elinformante for the heads up.