Nintendo and McDonald’s to test data service using DS game consoles in Japan
Nintendo will test the “Nintendo Spot” service, which delivers data to the “Nintendo DS” portable game console using its wireless communications (Wi-Fi) capability, in public locations in Japan. Nintendo
will conduct the test at certain McDonald’s restaurants as well as Tsukuba Express stations and on the train.The test will take place at 21 restaurants in Setagaya and Suginami Wards, Tokyo. At those McDonald’s restaurants, Nintendo DS users can browse McDonald’s Japan products designed for the DS and various campaign information on McDonald’s Website and download trial versions of DS software titles as well. The proprietary “Nintendo Spot Viewer” browser software is required to use the service. Nintendo Spot Viewer will be distributed for free at McDonald’s restaurants using DS Wi-Fi capability.
At all 20 Tsukuba Express stations between Akihabara and Tsukuba and on the Tsukuba Express train itself, Nintendo DS users can browse information including news, weather and the Tsukuba Express transfer guide, as well as download trial versions of DS software titles. This service also requires the Nintendo Spot Viewer, which will be distributed for free in the test areas.