Nintendo Signs Deal to Bring Free Wi-Fi to McDonald's

McDonald’s has been accused of causing, in part, the growing national childhood obesity epidemic. The video game industry has also been accused of the same thing. Well, now kids can get really fat by staying at McDonald’s for hours and hours eating Happy Meals and playing their Nintendo DS.

Nintendo has announced an agreement with Wayport, a wireless Internet provider, to set up free access to the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection in nearly 6,000 McDonald’s. No set-up will be required. Users can simply launch a game that supports Wi-Fi and play against others that are on the service.

The games that will support the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection are currently Mario Kart DS, Tony Hawk’s American SK8land, Metroid Prime Hunters, and Animal Crossing: Wild World.

"Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection is simple to use. Beginning with free access at participating McDonald’s, we have removed one of the major barriers that have kept people from going online to play games," Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, commented.

by lindsay
10/18/2005 10:36AM
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