While tech-savvy gamers may already know how to 'tether' their 3DS to a smartphone in order to use its online connection, Nintendo has confirmed an app — in partnership with provider DoCoMo — that is rolling out in Japan. Its goal is to make tethering the portable system with a mobile's connection as easy as possible.
Launching from 15th May in the country, the app will be downloadable from the regional Google Play store. It'll not support all devices, however, with the following handsets and tablets confirmed for a roll-out over the Summer, before more are due to arrive in the future.
- Samsung Galaxy S5 — May 15, 2014
- Sony Xperia Z2 — May 21, 2014
- Sharp Aquos Zeta — May 23, 2014
- Fujitsu Arrows NX — Will be released in late May 2014
- Sony Xperia A2 — To be released in mid-June 2014
- Sharp Aquos PAD - To be released in mid-June 2014
- Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet - Will be released in late June 2014
Consumers that download the app to a supported device will have the opportunity to complete a survey; if completed before 30th September they'll then have a choice of a free 3DS Virtual Console game — the games included in the promotion are yet to be revealed.
We've seen Nintendo enter partnerships for 3DS internet access in multiple countries, such as Nintendo Zone support using specific public-access Wi-Fi spots. If there's to be a big push to encourage more online gaming on the go — especially with Super Smash Bros. on the way — an official tethering app outside of Japan is certainly feasible. We'll keep our eyes peeled.
Thanks to Babyguess for the tip.