"I'm gonna get myself connected..."

Remember when Nintendo said that thanks to its collaboration with communications firm AT&T, there would be 10,000 Wi-Fi hotspots available throughout the United States? Well, that number just got even higher.

Through an extended agreement with AT&T, 3DS users will have access to nearly 24,000 Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the U.S. in various locations like coffee shops, airports, shopping centres and retail stores.

Starting from 7th June through a new partnership with Simon Property Group ― the largest real estate company in the U.S. ― Nintendo will also have over 1000 Wi-Fi hotspots throughout 200 Simon shopping malls in addition to the hotspots from the AT&T partnership.

With a number of developers utilising the 3DS's StreetPass and SpotPass features, it's good to know that Nintendo is certainly doing its part by providing users with as many free networks as it can to which they can connect. Let's see if this Wi-Fi coverage continues to increase over time.