Nintendo Outlines DS Online Plans
Free For All, Mostly
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata recently outlined the company's plans concerning the Nintendo DS. Iwata reconfirmed Nintendo's dedication to make the Nintendo DS go online via Wi-Fi capability. The company is planning on setting up roughly 1,000 Wi-Fi "hotspots" across Japan to allow for greater range when playing wirelessly.
While the service will be free, Iwata did state that some third-party companies may opt to charge a fee (presumably with more complicated games, such as massively multiplayer online games). Nintendo's games, conversely, will be free of charge. Other than possibly a wireless router, DS owners will not need to purchase any additional hardware in order to enable the DS to play online from their homes.
Although Iwata did not touch on American or European plans, the service will likely mirror Nintendo's Japanese plans. More on Nintendo DS Online plans will be revealed at E3.