Nintendo has launched a survey of its fans, asking about all things Internet. As well as a survey, Nintendo is asking to install a piece of software to have a sniff around your machine, in order to - we imagine - gauge the current status of home networks in preparation for DS online play.
The Survey reads:
You've been invited to help Nintendo test our compatibility with home networking technology. This test will help us create a better user experience for you when you play Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection games on your Nintendo DS later this year.
We'd like to test your home networking setup and internet connection. In order to do this, we would like you to download and install some software on your PC to run this test.
This program will run tests on your home network and internet connection and report the results to Nintendo's servers. No personally identifiable information is collected or transmitted to Nintendo by this program. This program does not retain any information that could be used to track the information back to you or your computer.
Once you install and launch the application, you will be asked a few questions about your home networking set up. Once this form is complete, the program becomes an Animal Crossing-themed desktop clock.
An Animal Crossing clock! SPOnG took the test, unfortunately having to lie to Nintendo, and say we are in the US, to get the clock. Itís lovely, and has a cute little Animal Crossing alarm theme. We recommend that you do the same.
The test will report to Nintendo:
Your Modem and Router manufacturer and type
The type of internet connection you have (DSL or Cable)
How your PC connects to your router (if applicable)
The model number of your router
Time you start the connection
Your IP Address
Total connecting time
UPnP Information (Model name)
UPnP Information (Model number)
Connection origin code
Destination server host name
Destination server global IP Address
Sending data CRC
In other news, fears that the roll-out of DS online might be pushed back to late 2006 in Europe continue to escalate. NOE has made little mention of the planned global online Nintendo debut and it is seemingly certain that Europe will be the last territory enjoying Animal Crossing Online. We will bring you updates as we get them.Update: Nintendo representatives this afternoon told SPOnG that an announcement regarding DS online support in Europe is expected to be made in Leipzig next week. Stay tuned.