Nintendo has confirmed that Internet gaming will hit the DS by the end of 2005, through its new service, Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
Using the technology already housed within the machine’s casing, users will be able to wirelessly connect to the Internet through any Wi-Fi network and challenge players from across the world.
Nintendo has partnered with IGN Entertainment and will use its Gamespy network to manage and navigate the DS web service. As well as hosting multiplayer gaming, the network will allow players to post high scores and store game data online.
Future games already confirmed to use this service include Mario Kart, a new Tony Hawk title from Activision and the eagerly awaited Animal Crossing. More than 25 publishers are currently working on Wi-Fi enabled DS games.
“The service invites the DS’s installed user base of five million owners to enjoy the game play experience for Nintendo-developed games using wireless connections with very easy setup procedures and no added service fees,” added Nintendo of America’s George Harrison.