The Nintendo Wi-Fi
Connection wireless internet service is launched.
NintendoGames designed to take advantage of Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection offer
(Abbreviated WFC) is an online
service run by Nintendo to facilitate free Internet play in compatible Nintendo
DS and Wii games. Despite the name "Wi-Fi", the connection from the
Wii to the internet can be made using a LAN connector.
Internet play integrated into the game. Nintendo emphasizes the simplicity and
speed of starting an online game when promoting its service. For example, in Mario Kart DS, an online game is
initiated by first choosing the online multiplayer option from the main menu,
then choosing whether to play with friends, or to play with gamers (either in
the local region or worldwide) at about the same skill level. After a selection
is made, the game starts searching for available players. The Nintendo Wi-Fi
Connection service for Nintendo DS
can support up to eight players, e.g., Clubhouse
Games. The Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service for Wii can support up to thirty-two players, however some games use
other online services.