Nintendo 3DS owners will be pleased to know that the wi-fi capabilities of their device will not be going to waste when they’re not at home. The gaming juggernaut will be partnering with the Simon Property Group to add wi-fi hot spots at malls owned by the property group.
Currently, there are 24,000 AT&T hot spots and 1,000 Best Buy locations that gamers can take their device to – in order to utilize the wi-fi capabilities of the 3DS for online gaming or to access the Nintendo eShop service that launches soon.
Gaming on the go is the main reason anyone picks up a Nintendo portable system – and the ability to play multiplayer with it will add to the device’s longevity and merit among the fans. Unfortunately, Japan, the country where the DS was king, has been seeing lackluster sales of the 3DS for a large number of reasons. That lack of success could be worrisome, considering Japan’s love of portable gaming.
Nintendo remains optimistic regarding the 3DS and sees it continuing the tradition of strong portable devices they offer, evidenced by the company’s President, Reggie Fils-Amie.
“With thousands of free Wi-Fi access points through our alliances, Nintendo 3DS users across the country can instantly enjoy one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences wherever and whenever they like.”
While the 3DS is a hefty device that is capable of incredible graphic capability and gameplay equal to what was seen on previous generation consoles, gamers still seem hesitant to pick it up.
Nintendo can’t be faulted for promoting and endorsing a product they have been working hard on – but with so many changes made to the hardware, fans appear less enthusiastic about the device – and that high price tag doesn’t help matters either. It’s certainly possible that Nintendo could announce a price drop during E3 (though don’t count on it) – should it happen, Game Rant will be there to cover it.
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Source: VG 24/7