DICE: Nintendo Announce New DS Features

At the DICE Summit taking place in Las Vegas, Nintendo have announced new wireless features for its DS including a free service that will let consumers beam game demos and other content directly to the device.

Nintendo have announced that DS download stations would be coming to the US “in a matter of weeks which probably means by around late march the company will deploy electronic kiosks at thousands of U.S. retailers including Best Buy and GameStop. DS owners who go near the kiosks will automatically receive a notice on their devices offering game demos, movie trailers and other content for temporary download. The information will be erased from the DS once it’s turned off.

The service uses the DS’s local-area wireless networking capabilities, which until now had been used just to facilitate head-to-head play by gamers near each other. Nintendo also said it was adding voice chat to Metroid Prime Hunters, available March 20. “Players who join up for multiplayer battles over Nintendo’s wireless Internet service will be able to talk to each other through the system’s built-in microphone before and after games, but not during”, said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America executive vice president of sales and marketing.

The first download stations will include demos of Brain Age Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day, Mario Kart DS, True Swing Golf, Pokemon Trozei, Meteos, and Tetris DS. A video of Metroid Prime Hunters will also be available for download, with new content is expected to be added every quarter.

Reggie Fils-Aime, continued, “We plan on expanding the market for interactive entertainment…for those who already buy our games and for those who don’t buy our games.”

Source Yahoo