Nintendo has announced that its Nintendo DS wireless gaming service has hit an all-time gaming record of 1 million unique users, in less than four months in operation, following the last milestone
of 200,000 unique worldwide visitors in late December 2005.
The company's Wi-Fi Connection lets Nintendo DS owners log on cost-free to compete or interact in a variety of games, from racing in Mario Kart DS
to community-building in Animal Crossing: Wild World
. The 1 millionth user was a player in Japan, who logged on to play Animal Crossing: Wild World
"Players are embracing our model of a compelling, safe, easy-to-use wireless gaming service," says Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of sales & marketing. "Those 1 million users represent more than 27 million game sessions."
On March 20, two new Wi-Fi-enabled games arrive in North America which sport compatibility with the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. These are Tetris DS
, which brings a twist to the addictive classic puzzle game, and Metroid Prime Hunters
, which features competition using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, and the ability to chat with one another before and after battles, using VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol).