Justin Lee On October 19, 2005 at 5:21 am

Touching is good and so is free Wi-Fi in Canada for Nintendo DS users:

Nintendo of Canada Ltd. has signed a deal with FatPort, a leading provider of wired and Wi-Fi high-speed Internet access in public locations across Canada, to extend free Wi-Fi service to Nintendo DS. Through the agreement with FatPort, Nintendo will offer complimentary access to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, the video game giant’s new wireless gaming service that goes online November 14.

"This partnership with FatPort will bring countless people together to play games in a single, simultaneous wireless community,” says Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s Vice President – General Manager. “Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection is simple to use. By offering gamers free access to www.nintendowifi.com, we removed one of the major barriers keeping people from going online to play games."

"We are thrilled to have come to an agreement with Nintendo of Canada to provide their Nintendo DS users access to the FatPort footprint across Canada" states Michael Kuhlmann, VP Business Development for FatPort Corporation. "The intent is to make it as easy as possible for Nintendo DS users to access our network by way of silent authentication, opening up our network to an entirely new demographic of users. Our traditional focus on the traveling business person has just been augmented and we look forward to working with Nintendo to making this initiative a success."

Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection creates a welcome, inviting community where gamers of all kinds can log on wirelessly and begin playing favorite 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. Game play will be free, and users will be able to connect easily to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection in a variety of ways.

When a user brings a Nintendo DS unit and a Wi-Fi-enabled game into a FatPort-enabled Hotspot, the user simply launches the game in Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection mode. No set-up is required.

For more info on FatPort Wifi Hotshots, check out http://www.fatport.com/locations/chains.php the free ride starts November 14th.

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