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 Reggie makes key announcements at DICE summit
Even though many people expected just a tiny bit of Revolution news, there was still some news that is definatly worth mentioning.
First of all Reggie announced a DS Download service in America in the form of Kiosks where gamers can bring their DS and download demoes using the wifi.

"Beginning in late March, the company plans to deploy electronic kiosks at thousands of U.S. retailers including Best Buy and GameStop.

Owners of the dual-screen DS who go near the kiosks will automatically receive a notice on their devices offering game demos, movie trailers and other content for temporary download. The information will be erased from the DS once it's turned off.

The service uses the DS's local-area wireless networking capabilities, which until now had been used just to facilitate head-to-head play by gamers near each other"

The content will be updated with new games and previews every 3 months

"Every three months, Nintendo will change the selection of downloadable content at the kiosks. For next month's introduction of the DS Download Service, Nintendo will offer free demos of Tetris DS, Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day, Mario Kart DS, Meteos, True Swing Golf and Pokemon Trozei. DS owners will also be able to download a preview movie of Metroid Prime Hunters."

Finally, Voice chat has been announced for Metroid Prime Hunters, which works before and after a multiplayer game with your friends.

"Metroid Prime Hunters will have a voice over IP connection option was announced by NoA's Reggie Fils-Aime in at D.I.C.E. He said that VOIP was designed to facilitate "chatting" before and after battles in a lobby area, for example to decide on game settings, rather than "trash-talking" during play. Players can only use VOIP to talk to people on their Friends list.

A Nintendo of Europe spokesperson told GamesIndustry.biz: "We are hoping that the VOIP feature will also be included in the European version of Metroid Prime Hunters for Nintendo DS but various regulatory and contractual issues need to be cleared first." The game set for a March 20th release date in North America, and will launch in Europe on May 5th."

This is rather assuring news for importers, but slightly more worrying for the european audience.

Stay tuned to find out more

Source: Gameinsider, Usatoday

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