Nintendo has announced the latest milestone for its DS handheld, revealing that 2 million unique players have now used Nintendo's wireless gaming service, logging more than 70 million individual game sessions.
This milestone comes nine months after the launch of DS Wi-Fi connection, which debuted with Mario Kart DS
and a DS-specific Tony Hawk
title, and has since added titles including Animal Crossing: Wild World
and Metroid Prime Hunters
In relation to the worldwide milestone, Nintendo of America resorted to colorful similes to help promote it, noting that "...the population of Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection users now surpasses the population of 15 different U.S. states, including Montana, Nebraska and New Mexico."
The last milestone for the service was 1 million Wi-Fi unique users, reached in March
, at which point more than 27 million game sessions had been launched.
In this latest press release, Nintendo also took the opportunity to note that this week's DS release Star Fox Command
is another Wi-Fi-enabled game - "Up to four players, be they friends or strangers, can meet up on Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection to blow each other out of the sky in white-knuckle dogfights."
"Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection continues to set the standard for easy, fun and safe wireless gaming," says George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "Our hand-held leadership will continue unabated with today's launch of Star Fox Command
and the anticipation of our upcoming Wi-Fi titles."