The 3DS's innovative SpotPass service — where the console automatically downloads content as you carry it around — is contingent on there being easily discoverable, unsecured WiFi access. While gamers in North America have access to 10,000 AT&T hotspots, there's been no such deal for the UK — until now.

Nintendo UK will team up with The Cloud to grant console owners free access to 5,000 hotspots up and down the nation. The Cloud access points are commonly found in eateries like Pizza Express and, er, Eat. Dawn Paine, marketing director at Nintendo UK, had this to say:

Nintendo 3DS continues to evolve and add new features all the time. The Cloud partnership represents another exciting step that will continue to expand its appeal and encourage owners to take their Nintendo 3DS systems with them wherever they go, offering different and unique experiences everyday.

Will this convince you to take your console out with you more often?