Nintendo 3DS gets Cloud cover
Wi-Fi freebies now
Following a sudden 3DS price cut, Nintendo offered early adopters complimentary games as a loyalty reward. That generosity continues this week, after the company struck a deal with The Cloud to bring free Wi-Fi to all 3DS console owners.
Last night 5000 new access points were made available – gamers can utilise services such as 3DS Spotpass, eShop and the Internet browser.
Customers should now receive notifications and updates, and will connect to The Cloud automatically even while the 3DS is in sleep mode - unless the console is set otherwise, of course.
The Wi-Fi giveaway is another measure the company is taking to ensure those who sign up to 3DS get a worthy deal, while ensuring early adopters don't feel short changed. The last thing Ninty wants is everyone to wait for Sony's PlayStation Vita to launch before investing in a new handheld. ®
I wonder how it figures out it's a 3DS?
Mac spoofing for free wifi, anyone?
Or it could possibly be some kind of login.. Either way, interesting. A fairly compelling deal, but it's still an underpowered, overpriced handheld with a gimmicky display and barely any games.
I don't know about the other WiFi providers, but The Cloud can pipe specific users down specific pipes (source-based transit provider selection) to allow DS devices only access to specific services rather than general-purpose Internet.
(Disclaimer: I was the original engineer on the back-end of The Cloud but it may have moved on since then)
This sounds like a very good deal, is it as good as it looks or should I be more cynical about this Nintendo feebie?