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Nintendo set to launch wireless service for DS

Nintendo will launch its Australian DS Wi-Fi service on 17 November, allowing local DS owners to wirelessly play with gamers from around the world.

Nintendo will launch its Australian DS Wi-Fi service on 17 November, allowing local DS owners to wirelessly play with gamers from around the world.

The Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection will be initially rolled out at 26 retail locations such as selected Electronics Boutique, Myer and Dick Smith Powerhouse stores. The 26 hotspots will be rolled out from the 17th of November and concluded by 30th of November. A full list of participating stores will be available soon on www.NintendoWiFi.com.au (at time of posting, the site was not yet live).

Wi-Fi enabled games include Tony Hawk American SK8Land and Mario Kart DS, as well as future titles such as Animal Crossing: Wild World and Metroid Prime Hunters. There is no fee to use the service.

When a user brings a Nintendo DS unit and a Wi-Fi-enabled game into a participating store, the user simply launches the game in Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection mode. No setup is required.

From home, if the user already has a Wi-Fi network, the Nintendo DS unit will connect directly to it with minimal setup procedures. Those who have a high-speed Internet connection such as cable or DSL, but no wireless network, can use the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector, which will plug into the USB port of a PC running Windows XP to create a wireless access point to connect a Nintendo DS to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. The Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector will be sold exclusively through Nintendo Australia, at a price of AU$49.95, and there is no charge for postage and handling for deliveries in Australia. This can be ordered by calling Nintendo Australia on 03 9730 9822.

More detailed information about Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, as well as a list of participating retail hotspots, will be available soon at www.NintendoWiFi.com.au.

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