Nintendo has announced that "over 7000" free 3DS Wi-Fi hotspots will soon be available across the country thanks to a new deal with O2. 3DS owners will be able to freely connect using the Nintendo Zone app, using it to browse the internet, take advantage of SpotPass and play online - all without necessarily being an O2 customer.
Nintendo 3DS owners will now be able to automatically connect to the internet for free whenever they enter venues covered by the O2 Wifi service. These include high street locations such as McDonalds, Debenhams, Pizza Hut, Costa Coffee, House of Fraser, Toby Carvery as well as public venues such as The O2, Twickenham, Bluewater and the London boroughs of Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea.
"There’s no need to worry about any complicated setup on your Nintendo 3DS," explains the accompanying press release, "as just being in range of an O2 Wifi hotspot is enough to go online, providing you have the latest system update. When you are near to a compatible area – all of which can be found using Nintendo’s handy Hotspot finder - the Nintendo Zone icon will blink to notify you that free Wi-Fi internet access is available. Nintendo 3DS owners will then be able to access a multitude of online features, allowing a seamless online user experience whether at home or on the move."
"Nintendo Zone enables gamers on the go to browse the internet, as well as compete with other gamers online, download movie trailers, receive SpotPass content, access Nintendo eShop and receive software updates - even when their device is on standby."
Good to know. The 3DS is the handheld that just keeps on giving.