Nintendo Pinging US Connections as Euro DS Online Dreams Slide

Still, itís good news if you live in AmericaÖ

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Nintendo Pinging US Connections as Euro DS Online Dreams Slide
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
Cookie information
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.

Comments

Ditto 11 Aug 2005 12:55
1/5
Wow! Animal Crossing clock!

Where's the download link?

It's going to be 3 years before we're enjoying Animal Crossing Online in Europe, if history repeats itself.

I'd imagine that it'll be hard for Nintendo to implement in Europe, considering that Britain is an island, there's all the languages and the fragmented countries. But it's still concerning that we've heard sweet FA.
ozfunghi 11 Aug 2005 13:03
2/5
LATE 2006???!!!???

That's it!

Screw you Nintendo. I'm done waiting. 3 Years for AC, 4 months for DS, 1 year for GCN... and now 1 year for DS online???? Like there's so much to keep us entertained till then??

**** you!
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ohms 11 Aug 2005 15:38
3/5
same old story from nintendo.

if DS isn't going online this year, there's no way revolution will launch in the UK anytime in 2006.



miacid 11 Aug 2005 15:58
4/5
Nintendo wrote:
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.


SPOnG wrote:
The test will report to Nintendo:
.snip.
Your IP Address
Destination server global IP Address


I'd say one of them have it wrong!
Joji 12 Aug 2005 18:45
5/5
There's no need to worry so much Oz, there's always something else to play across the formats if you don't want to play Trauma Centre, Nintendogs, Castlevania, Lost in Blue etc on your DS until the online lark turns up.

Sure, we are always waiting, living in th u.k/eu hurts for every gamer when we get things last and sometimes not at all. Til Nintendo sort things out there's plenty of 360 stuff etc to play with.

On top of all that I'm still baggng plenty of PS2 and GC games, so fun can always be had with something else.

When you take your eye off Nintendo time will pass quicker and things will happen.

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