Aussie Nintendo Wifi Connection launch details, hotspots and more!

Australia, Melbourne, November 10th 2005 – Nintendo Australia is pleased to announce the launch of Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, together with Mario Kart DS, on November 17th 2005.

Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection creates a welcome, inviting community where gamers of all kinds can log on wirelessly and begin playing favourite franchise games like Mario Kart DS and Activision’s Tony Hawk’s American SK8Land, and future titles such as Animal Crossing: Wild World and Metroid Prime Hunters. There will be no additional charge to use the service, and users will be able to connect easily to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection in a variety of ways.

Nintendo Australia will be installing Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection hotspots that will offer complimentary access to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. The Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection hotspots will also feature downloadable Nintendo DS game demos and a special Nintendogs function that allows Nintendogs owners to experience the joys of Bark Mode without having someone else physically there to play with.

The Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection hotspots will initially be available across 26 Australian retail locations, including 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.

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 $AU49.95, 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.

Finally, Nintendo DS owners who want to play games at Wi-Fi locations outside of our dedicated Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection hotspots or their home can use a laptop computer and the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector to access Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. The Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector enables the Nintendo DS to share an Internet connection established by a PC, providing a conduit to play games via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

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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