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Free 3DS Wi-Fi in 25,000 locations across US

Nintendo details free Wi-Fi hotspot plans

Nintendo has announced plans to instate some 25,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots for 3DS users across the US.

From June 7 - the same days as the release of the eShop update - wireless internet access will be granted to 3DS consoles at nearly 200 Simon shopping malls, more than 1000 Best Buy stores and through nearly 24,000 AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots dotted around the country.

"With thousands of free Wi-Fi access points through our alliances, Nintendo 3DS users across the country can instantly enjoy one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences wherever and whenever they like," said Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime, who we hope to see put on another good stage performance at E3 this week (our bodies are ready).

"In addition to a strong lineup of games and the ability to view 3D content without special glasses, the system makes it easy for people to connect with their surroundings and each other, even when they're away from home."

Nintendo will release its eShop update on June 7, which will not only add access to the Virtual Console and 3DSWare stores, but also add a fully-functional web browser to the console's interface.

The firm also previously confirmed that 3DS users will be able to download free StreetPass content via (presumably the same) 1000 Best Buy stores.