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McDonalds to offer free Nintendo online gaming access.

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Free wireless Internet access is to be offered in participating US McDonald's outlets for users of Nintendo's DS handheld games console, enabling gamers to play certain DS titles against others around the world.

Nintendo is due to introduce its online gaming service on 14 November in the US and on 25 November in Europe. A wireless Internet access service is currently available in many McDonald's outlets but a fee is charged.

Tony Hawk's American SK8Land and Mario Kart DS are Nintendo's first online games, due for release in November, and Metroid Prime Hunters and Animal Crossing: Wild World are to follow by the end of 2005. An online gaming service is already offered on gaming consoles from competitors Microsoft and Sony.

Nintendo claimed its Wi-Fi Connection is easy to use and said the introduction of free access at participating McDonald's outlets will result in more people playing games online. US company Wayport is to supply the access points for the service and Nintendo has confirmed that its next-generation game console, due for release next year, will also connect to the new online gaming service.

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