Like any new console, the 3DS has had its share of growing pains. But the awkward acne of its first year has mostly been smoothed over, giving way to an attractive price, a library of compelling content and even DLC freebies. So, what's left for the Big N to do? Well, over in Europe, the company's partnered up with free-hotspot.com giving, you guessed it, more gratis WiFi to owners across 21 different Euro zone countries. These 5,000 or so new access points will be made available at a variety of hotels and fast food chains throughout the continent. So, the next time you're lined up for a Royale with cheese, feel free to hop online and start working through that Netflix queue.
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01/02/2012
Get your Nintendo 3DS system online today with free-hotspot.com


1st February 2012 - Nintendo of Europe today announces a new deal with free-hotspot.com, the world's largest multinational network of exclusively free Wi-Fi hotspots. The partnership will allow Nintendo 3DS owners free access to over 5,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across 21 European countries. Your Nintendo 3DS system will automatically* connect to free-hotspot.com's network in many of the biggest fast food restaurants and leading hotel chains across Europe including McDonald's, Burger King, KFC, Subway, Ibis Hotels and Etap Hotels.

It's never been simpler to connect your Nintendo 3DS system to the Internet! Your Nintendo 3DS will automatically search for and connect to the Internet via free-hotspot.com's access points across Europe. Once connected to the Internet, special and exciting content can be received automatically to your Nintendo 3DS system via SpotPass, even whilst your handheld console is in Sleep Mode. Some of the exclusive content you could receive includes unique 3D videos from the Nintendo Video service, notifications, extra content for your software and system updates, which can all be received without lifting a finger.

When you next have time while waiting to be served or while being checked-in at a hotel, why not also browse the Internet for free and check out your favourite websites or even access Nintendo eShop? Enjoy looking through, downloading and playing the latest Nintendo 3DS download software and classic titles from the Nintendo Virtual Console – all available from Nintendo eShop.

Laurent Fischer, Managing Director of European Marketing & PR at Nintendo of Europe says: "With such an extensive European-wide Wi-Fi access network, partnering with free-hotspot.com made absolute sense. The access points are largely located in popular restaurants and hotels – places where Nintendo 3DS owners are likely to want, and to unwind in. We also urge all Nintendo 3DS owners to also take advantage of the latest system update which has brought an array of new features and enhancements, including 3D video capture."

Joseph Brunoli, Managing Director of Anacapa Holdings, Ltd., operators of the free-hotspot.com network, added: "Our extensive network of Wi-Fi hotspots across Europe will provide Nintendo 3DS users with a high speed, reliable service to help them make the most of their time while away from home. We are delighted to work with Nintendo and to announce this important partnership."

For more information on Nintendo 3DS and SpotPass, visit the official Nintendo 3DS website. For information on updating your system software, visit our Support section on performing system updates.

*Requires Nintendo 3DS Internet Browser to be installed. If you haven't downloaded the Nintendo 3DS Internet Browser yet, you need to perform a system update on your Nintendo 3DS system. To perform the recommended system update, Nintendo 3DS users can simply start the "System Settings" from the Home Menu, select "Other Settings" and scroll the page right to select "System Update".