Nintendo announced on Tuesday that they would partner with McDonald's restaurants to provide free wifi access for Nintendo DS owners. McDonald's already offers wifi connectivity in 6000 locations in America, but normally charges for internet access. The deal with Nintendo provides free access to gamers using the DS. The free access, coupled with popular wifi-enabled titles like Mario Kart DS, Tony Hawk's American Sk8land
, Metroid Prime: Hunters and Animal Crossing: Wild World, could be a genuine attractor for kids, making McDonald's a popular hangout.
Wifi access at McDonald's is provided by WayPort, an Austin-based company that expects to add 1000 more McDonald's restaurants to the network this year.