March 22nd, 2006, 17:36 Posted By: wraggster
As of today, Nintendo has started to implement the 600 Wi-Fi hot-spots in retail outlets which it promised to bring to the UK and Ireland. Working with its partner BT Openzone, it is WiFi-ing the country's GAME, Gamestation, HMV, Toys R US and Smyths Toys shops, as well as a number of independent retailers. And it has started the process of installing Nintendo DS Download Stations in over 500 of those stores, too.
What does it all mean? Well, first it will give DS owners who enter those stores free access to the Wi-Fi Connection service. And second, DS devotees will be able to download all manner of goodies from the Download Stations, which they will be able to play until the next time they switch their DSes off.
According to Nintendo, the list of downloads will initially consist of one-level demos of Meteos and Polarium, plus the chance to meet Shigeru Miyamoto's own Nintendog, Pic. In April and May, playable demos of Trauma Centre and Brain Training will go on-stream, along with "special items" for Animal Crossing: Wild World and a Metroid Prime: Hunters movie.
Thoughtfully, Nintendo has described exactly what you must do if you want to take advantage of DS Download Stations, and we're only too happy to pass that info onto you lovely people. So: all you need do is walk into a store, turn on your DS and tap the "DS Download Play" button on the system screen. To take advantage of that juicy free Wi-Fi access, just stick the game you want to play online into the DS, and select the "Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection" option from that game's main menu. Happy Wi-Fiing!
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