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 Post subject: IT News: Nintendo Announces DS Downloads
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 10:01 am 
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By Phillip Levin, via ds.advancedmn.com

Straight out of DICE, Nintendo announces downloadable demos and microphone functionality for Metroid Hunters.


On Thursday, Nintendo announced a brand new wireless feature for Nintendo DS – downloadable game demos. The company plans to unleash a number of DS kiosks at Best Buys and GameStops across the country this year. These kiosks will allow nearby DS owners to tap into a Wi-Fi connection and download upcoming game demos, trailers and possibly more. The data will temporarily be stored in memory on gamer’s DS, and will be deleted after shutting off the system. Nintendo used a similar setup at its Electronic Entertainment Expo. booth in 2005, letting show-goers do the same thing.

Nintendo also announced that upcoming sci-fi first-person shooter Metroid Hunters will support microphone usage in its online mode. The company said the feature would only be available before and after matches, not during them. Metroid Hunters ships March 20, 2006.

At his speech at DICE on Thursday, Nintendo’s executive vice president of sales and marketing also told attendees that Nintendo will begin shipping the recently-revealed Nintendo DS Lite – a re-design of the Nintendo DS, sporting a smaller frame and glossy white coat – to Japanese retailers next month.

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Finally, Nintendo also confirmed that it has sold about 4 million Nintendo DS’s since the handheld’s fall 2004 launch. On a related note, Sony has sold the same amount since the Playstation Portable’s launch in spring of 2005.

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