1 st February 2011 - Nintendo of Europe today announces a new deal with free-hotspot.com, the world's largest multinational network of exclusively free Wi-Fi Hotspots. The partnership will allow Nintendo 3DS ™ owners free access to over 5,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across 21 European countries. Your Nintendo 3DS will automatically* connect to free-hotspot.com’s network in many of the biggest fast food restaurants and leading hotel chains across Europe including McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Subway, Ibis Hotels and Etap Hotels.
It’s never been simpler to connect your Nintendo 3DS to the internet. Your Nintendo 3DS will automatically search for and connect to the internet via free-hotspot.com’s access points across Europe.
Once connected to the internet, special and exciting content can be received automatically to your Nintendo 3DS system via SpotPass™, even whilst your Nintendo 3DS system is in Sleep Mode. Some of the exclusive content you could receive include unique 3D videos from the Nintendo Video™ service, notifications, extra content for your software and system updates which can all be received without lifting a finger.
When you next have time while waiting to be served or while being checked in at a hotel, why not also browse the Internet for free and check out your favourite websites or even access the Nintendo eShop? Enjoy looking through, downloading and playing the latest Nintendo 3DS Download Software and classic titles from the Nintendo Virtual Console™ – all available from the Nintendo eShop.
Laurent Fischer, Managing Director of European Marketing & PR at Nintendo of Europe says: “With such an extensive European-wide Wi-Fi access network, partnering with free-hotspot.com made absolute sense. The access points are largely located in popular restaurants and hotels – places where Nintendo 3DS owners are likely to want, and to unwind in. We also urge all Nintendo 3DS owners to also take advantage of the latest System Update which has brought an array of new features and enhancements, including 3D video capture .”
Joseph Brunoli, Managing Director of Anacapa Holdings, Ltd., operators of the free-hotspot.com network, added: " Our extensive network of Wi-Fi hotspots across Europe will provide Nintendo 3DS users with a high speed, reliable service to help them make the most of their time while away from home. We are delighted to work with Nintendo and to announce this important partnership.”
For more information on Nintendo 3DS and SpotPass, visit the official Nintendo 3DS website at www.nintendo3ds.co.uk. For information on performing a system update, visit the Support section at support.nintendo.com
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*Requires Nintendo 3DS internet browser to be installed. If you haven’t downloaded the Nintendo 3DS internet browser yet, you need to apply a manual System Update through the System Settings on your Nintendo 3DS. To perform the recommended system update, Nintendo 3DS users can simply start the “System Settings” from the Home Menu, select “Other Settings” and scroll the page right to select “System Update.”
The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™ home console, Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 3.9 billion video games and more than 620 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi™ XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance™, Super NES™, Nintendo® 64 and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of Europe, based in Grossostheim, Germany, was established in 1990 and serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in Europe.
Anacapa Holdings, Ltd. of Dublin, Ireland, operates the world’s largest network of exclusively FREE Wi-Fi HotSpots under the free-hotspot.com brand name. The network operates on the basis of the “transactional” free Wi-Fi model, designed specifically to allow major brands, chains and other public-facing businesses to offer FREE wireless Internet access to their customers. Under the free-hotspot.com system, users agree to interact with an introductory Sponsor message in return for their free Internet access. This innovative system, which has won the prestigious Wireless Broadband Innovation Award for Best Public Wi-Fi Product, is particularly well-suited to Wi-Fi networks in restaurants, hotels, pubs, and cafes as well as shopping malls, retail outlets and other venues that serve the public. Founded in 2005, Anacapa has grown its free-hotspot.com network to encompass 5000 HotSpot venues in 21 countries across Europe.