Want to make sure you don't look like too much of a tourist in Japan? Make sure you bring a DS on the train! However, if you forget yours or need a DS for a family member, JR East is starting a new program that will serve your needs. From February 14th through March 28th, the company will make 20 systems per day available for free loan to Shinkansen (bullet train) passengers on the Hiroshima/Tokyo route.

The lucky passengers will be able to select two games along with the DS, and keep them all for three days. The goal is apparently to regain some marketshare from airlines, who offer faster fares. It sounds perfect to us -- if you've got a DS to play, the extra captive time becomes a positive.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.