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From GameCube Europe:

Henceforth, Animal Crossing DS will be known as Animal Crossing: Wild World. The game will be released under that name in America on December 5th 2005, however a European date is still "TBD".

Our best guess is that it will be along sometime in the first half of 2006 - Nintendo have promised Europeans won't have to wait as long for the DS incarnation as they did for the Cube version!

When it launches, the game will support the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, allowing you to visit your friend's in-game towns, wherever your friend lives in the world!

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Henceforth, Animal Crossing DS will be known as Animal Crossing: Wild World. The game will be released under that name in America on December 5th 2005, however a European date is still "TBD".

Uh-oh :)

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Do we know enough yet to know if an import copy would work over here? As in playable online? Or is that a ridiculous question?

I think it's pretty likely. I'm not an expert on that sort of stuff but if the online play works with normal wireless routers then Nintendo would have to deliberately try to lock out users from specific countries. I can't see them doing that when a stated aim of the system is to let us play against\with people around the world.

Of course we won't have the public hot spots to begin with.

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No. 

I was just pointing out that Nintendo are apparently (can't imagine how they will manage) creating a vast network of free hotspots.  Sounds massively ambitious to me.

It seems vastly unlikely but you never know

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I wonder if cell phone masts can be updated for this?

I like the idea of Nintendo doing some kind of deal to make all phone masts into hotspots, and it sounds an ace idea to hook people into the DS. I just can never picture Nintendo doing something that public and mainstream in the UK

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No.  

I was just pointing out that Nintendo are apparently (can't imagine how they will manage) creating a vast network of free hotspots.   Sounds massively ambitious to me.

Presumablty they'll just partner with some of the networks of hotspots that already offer this service in the US and here, and do a deal to allow DS users to log on to them for free. The whole of the Canary WHarf area is now entirely covered with hotspots (that you need to pay for), apparently.

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This is good news although I imagine that the game will probably be more cut down than the cube version (I'm assuming that a card holds less data than a gamecube disk). I'm not gonna hold my breath for a European release either.

Wasn't AC loaded entirely into memory? It didn't touch the disk once you were playing, IIRC. I think the data size was actually quite small.

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Wasn't AC loaded entirely into memory? It didn't touch the disk once you were playing, IIRC. I think the data size was actually quite small.

You're right about that. I guess the save files were large though, as it came with a memory card?

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I wonder if cell phone masts can be updated for this?

No, they can't.

For a start, WiFi doesn't have anything like the range of GSM. And you'd also have to have two-way communication, so it's not just a case of the mast sending out a whopping great powerful signal; the DS has to be able to send it back.

You'd have to play your DS like this:

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They could in theory install equipment that acted as a WiFi transmitter on masts, but you'd have to be close to the mast to use it, and more to the point it would cost more since they'd have to install a line from the mast to the D-SLAM (since mobile phone masts don't tend to have direct connections to landline exchanges).

When they finalise WiMax, however ...

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