Nintendo 3DS will seek out WiFi hotspots

New SpotPass feature to battle Ninty pirates

3DS may update itself over the internet to protect itself from pirates.

Nintendo's delayed 3DS handheld will feature a new service called "SpotPass", which allows the device to connect to the internet via WiFi even when the 3DS is in sleep mode.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said during an investor Q&A session that Nintendo is looking at giving the 3DS "automatic system updates from the internet" as a means of fighting piracy on the device, preventing users from installing hacked operating systems and installing illegally downloaded games.

These updates would also be Nintendo's way of adding new functions to the 3DS, and it doesn't sound like there would be much user choice involved.

Nintendo's DS line of handhelds has had a long and troubled history of piracy, with the current incarnation - the DSi - receiving multiple anti-piracy updates only to have them circumvented by crafty online ne'er-do-wells.

Iwata also revealed during the session that prices for 3DS games would be around the same mark as those for the current Nintendo DS (around £30).

Via: Andriasang