Nintendo Wi-Fi hotspots official

Nintendo has announced that its new, free Wi-Fi service for multiplayer gaming its DS handheld will launch on 25th November. Its deal with wireless b

Nintendo has announced that its new, free Wi-Fi service for multiplayer gaming its DS handheld will launch on 25th November.

Its deal with wireless broadband provider BT Openzone and wireless LAN company The Cloud will allow Nintendo DS owners to take on players across the world on compatible games such as Mario Kart DS.

There'll be over 7,500 Wi-Fi hotspots around the country, including at McDonalds, Coffee Republic coffee houses, Hilton and Ramada Jarvis hotels, Road Chef or Welcome Break service stations, First Great Western railway stations, student unions, airports, football stadiums and the British Library. Everywhere, it seems – you can find your local hotspot by going here.

For wireless home gaming, a Wi-Fi USB Connector will go on sale on the launch day for £30, which will plug into your PC and set up a connection.

The launch coincides with the release of the much-anticipated Mario Kart DS, which should be the first of many games offering Wi-Fi connectivity. Activision's new title Tony Hawk's American SK8Land, which will hit the shelves on 18th November, will also feature a wireless gaming.

Like the PSP, though, using the DS in a hotspot will only give you access to multiplayer gaming – there will be no e-mail or internet access. Still, with so many hotspots around,  you'll never be too far from a team battle on Mario Kart. Thank you, Ninty.

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Update: Contrary to the final paragraph in this story, the PSP can in fact access the internet at Wi-fi hotspots. Thanks to George Hafiz for pointing this out.