Nintendo goes Wi-fi hotspot crazy

Nintendo has increased its Wi-Fi hotspot empire – DS owners now have 600 more zones across the UK to get their free multiplayer gaming. The bad news

Nintendo has increased its Wi-Fi hotspot empire – DS owners now have 600 more zones across the UK to get their free multiplayer gaming.

The bad news is that the spots provided by BT Openzone are all in the slightly sweaty environment of video game stores rather than relaxing cafes – selected retailers include GAME, Gamestation, HMV and, our favourite haunt, Toys R Us.

The new hotspots join some 7,500 others that were launched last November, and similarly only offer wireless multiplayer gaming – there'll be none of PSP's e-mail and internet access sadly.

What will be new at the video game hotspots, though, will be 'download stations' which, as the name suggests, will let you download playable demos of new DS titles.

Nintendo is hoping that all the new Wi-Fi zones will be up and running by this summer – all you'll need to do is stroll in with your DS and a Wi-Fi compatible game like Mario Kart DS, and you'll be set for a truly shameful waste of a Saturday afternoon.

According to Ninty, over 1 million people have been paying such visits to its hotspots – if you're interested in joining them, head over to its Wi-Fi gaming site here.

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