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Nintendo Zone Launched in Europe

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

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The release of Nintendo Zone in Europe has been a slow process, compared to North America, but with today's system update the service is officially available in Wi-Fi Hotspots around the region. Once your 3DS update is complete your handheld will be primed to pick up the service, so if you haven't updated yet, what are you waiting for?

With around 25,000 hotspots available throughout Europe, Nintendo Zone will apparently offer trailers, screenshots and demos: for full details and a link to a Hotspot checker, the press release is below.

Nintendo 3DS owners will be able to stay connected even when they are on the go through Nintendo Zone, launching today across Europe. By using one of the approximately 25,000 Hotspot access points across Europe you will be able to access free and exciting content via your Nintendo 3DS system.

Nintendo Zone is a free location based, interactive service that allows you to access exciting content including upcoming trailers of games in 2D and 3D, product information, 2D and 3D screenshots, Nintendo 3DS game demos and free video clips.

To access Nintendo Zone when in one of the 25,000 Hotspots make sure you update your Nintendo 3DS today with the latest system update from Nintendo. To help you find your nearest Hotspot, Nintendo has also released a handy Hotspot finder tool - simply check to find your nearest Hotspot and then when you are nearby the Nintendo Zone icon will blink to notify you that you are within reach of a compatible Hotspot area.

So get connected to Nintendo Zone and start accessing exciting content while on the move today. Head over to to watch the latest European Nintendo Direct in full, which provides more information regarding the new system update from Nintendo and keep up to date with the latest announcements by following @NintendoEurope – The official Nintendo of Europe Twitter feed.

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User Comments (26)



dizzy_boy said:

i had the chance to download and use the Nintendo Zone app a few weeks back when i went to Hyper Japan in london.
tbh, i wasn`t really impressed with it at the time i used it. hopefully there maybe some better stuff put on there since then, but i`ll wait and see.



SuperDel said:

I was just at the airport in London (I work there) and it still says "coming soon" ... I'll check tomorrow



Jono97 said:

D: I doubt they are going to make nintendo zone available to Australia..



DeMoN-13ruce said:

it's great that they did this this encourages people to take their 3ds with them so more chance for streetpasses!



Bliquid said:

I updated this morning but no sign of NintendoZone.
Am i missing something?



DeMoN-13ruce said:

it's outside your house while you travel if you travel near a zone you can get acces in macdonalds etc you can get acces too it encourages people to take the 3ds with them like streetpass



Bliquid said:

I mean, no app or heads up at the end of update's install.
Maybe it hasn't been launched here in Italy?



ChristopherM said:

Earlier today, I stopped outside a local hotspot, downloaded the app and opened it. At a quick glance the current demos were all for titles that have already had demos available via eShop. It was possible to stream the "3D Machine" video for free, but only within range of the hotspot. There were some other menu options (eg "3DS Games") but rain stopped play. Once I had moved away from the hotspot the Nintendo Zone icon remained on my menu but it's not possible to open the app properly away from a public hotspot (no, home-based wifi is not sufficient). Hopefully my 3DS will eventually be able to download content when I pass by the public hotspot, without my having to open the app each time. Hope that answers some questions.



Bliquid said:

@ChristopherM : you actually gave me a good answer, thanks!
Even if it basically means that i have to "wait and see" until (if) i ever find a proper hotspot.
Does the 3DS warn you in some way, if you are in a "Nintendo Zone"?



Victoria said:

That's pretty cool. It was neat checking the map to see what's available nearest to me. Not that I need it, but it's always fun checking Letter Box for messages and sending notes with snapshots of what I'm up to that day.



ChristopherM said:

@Bliquid : I already had a good idea where my local hotspot was. The light on my 3DS didn't flash when I got there, but maybe I opened it too soon. Once I opened it, a message window appeared over the main menu asking me if I wanted to download the Nintendo Zone software.

The link in the main article above provides a hotspot map that seems to search on Italian city names. Have you tried that?



sc100 said:

All the McDonald's near my house here in the US are Nintendo Zone locations, so I've used it a couple times. When I used it, it mostly featured movies and trailers that are already available publicly. The only exclusive feature I remembered was a trivia game about Mario's history. This has a chance to be a really cool feature if they put a lot of exclusive content on it in the future, and even better if it offers downloadable content like new items or levels for games or videos you can save to your home menu.



Bliquid said:

@ChristopherM : checked the hotspot finder.
Living in Venice, plenty of tourists and masks but no NintyZones, it seems.
Ty for your infos, anyway
I'll wait amd see.



Benedict3dsrock said:

i live in south africa and a cant download any videos by nintendo video and eurosport.
and i just updated my 3ds but a still dont have the nintendo zone icon in my
home menu.
PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



ImDiggerDan said:

@Benedict - Try changing your region setting in the system menu, you may be able to at least access internet services that way. Not sure it'll help with the Nintendo Zone thing, though.

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