Nintendo Co. Ltd. is to launch a free, countrywide wireless gaming service on 25 November for owners of its DS handheld console. The scheme, called Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, to be implemented by Wi-Fi hotspot companies, will provide a DS owner within the range of a participating hotspot to connect wirelessly to another player and play an interactive game.

'Consumer Wi-Fi has finally arrived, and in a big way,' said CEO of The Cloud, George Polk. 'Now hundreds of thousands of Nintendo users can play networked games when they are out and about, while they are waiting for a train, walking to meetings, at shopping malls, at the football, and many other places.'