Frequently Asked Questions

Overview (FAQ)

 

 

Does it cost anything to play online with the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection?
No, there are no monthly subscription fees from Nintendo.

 

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How do I know if a game is Wi-Fi compatible?
The packaging for games with this feature will display the Wi-Fi logo:

For a complete list of Wi-Fi compatible games, please click here.

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How can I find out about upcoming Wi-Fi games?
Visit www.nintendo.com often to get news on upcoming Wi-Fi compatible games.

 

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What do I need to set up a wireless connection with the DS?
There are two ways to connect with the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection with your Nintendo DS: Through a home, wireless network or, through a Hotspot location. What you need depends on where you want to connect.

At home:
In order to establish a Wi-Fi connection with your Nintendo DS at home, you need:

  • A broadband internet connection (such as DSL or Cable).
  • A wireless router attached to your broadband connection. The majority of major brand wireless routers are compatible with the Nintendo DS wireless feature. For a list of routers please click here.
  • A Wi-Fi compatible Nintendo DS game. The packaging for games with this feature will display the Wi-Fi logo.

    For a complete list of Wi-Fi compatible games, please click here.

At a Hotspot
A Hotspot is generally a public location that offers wireless connection to the internet.

When playing at a compatible Hotspot, the only thing you need is your Nintendo DS and a Wi-Fi compatible game.

For information on setting up a connectoin at a Hotspot in your area, click here.

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How do I know if my router is compatible with the Nintendo WFC?
Click here and look for your router.

 

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What happens when I share Wi-Fi games with a friend for use on another Nintendo DS?
The Nintendo WFC ID and the game card are treated as a unit. Because of this, playing your Nintendo DS game card in another Nintendo DS system may override the online information saved to the game card. This would include changing the Nintendo WFC ID associated to the game card as well as your own personal Friend Code. Other players with this Friend Code would no longer be able to identify you as an online friend until you provided them with the new Friend Code you would need to generate. However, the Friend Roster will remain intact. If you are planning on going online with your Nintendo WFC-compatible DS game, we recommend against using the game card in anyone else's Nintendo DS system.

 

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Do I have to buy the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector?
Absolutely not! If you already have a wireless router in your home, you will be able to use your Nintendo DS to connect online and play games. If you do not have a wireless router, you can buy one at your local retailer. Check out our router info page for more information.

Important: The Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector has been discontinued until further notice. As an alternative for on-line access, DS owners can use a standard wireless route. Please click here for more information.

 

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Will I be able to use the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection if I have a Macintosh?
As long as you have a wireless router that is compatible with the Nintendo WFC -- and almost all of them are -- then you will be able to connect to the Nintendo WFC from your home.

For information on finding a Hotspot near you, click here.
For information on purchasing a router, click here.

 

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