Nintendo to offer high-speed Internet WiFi service

By Derek Sooman on
Nintendo is to offer high-speed Internet in public locations, including in participating McDonald's. The company will offer access to its new wireless gaming service, with the goal of extending its WiFi service to Nintendo DS users.

Through its agreement with Wayport, Nintendo will offer complimentary access to Nintendo WiFi Connection, the video game giant's new wireless Business Communication Tools from Sprint gaming service that goes online November 14.

"This agreement with Wayport will bring countless people together to play games in a single, simultaneous wireless community," says Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of sales & marketing. "Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection is simple to use. Beginning with free access at participating McDonald's, we have removed one of the major barriers that have kept people from going online to play games."

Nintendo says that game play will be free, and there will be various ways to connect to Nintendo WiFi Connection.

For example, when a user brings a Nintendo DS unit and a Wi-Fi-enabled game into a Wayport-enabled McDonald's, the user can launch the game in Nintendo WiFi Connection mode with no required set up.

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