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Nintendo's New Network Appliance

More little white boxes from Nintendo.

Pictures of routers! Excitement!
As great a device as the Nintendo DS, I've always found the system's finnicky online support to be supremely maddening--I'm simply not willing to downgrade my network security, or buy a special USB dongle, for the sake of trading Pokémon online from the comfort of my own home. Taking another page from the Apple playbook, Nintendo is looking to remove another non-Nintendo variable from the networking equation with its own wi-fi router that guarnatees compatability with both the DS and the Wii, though ironically, from what I could glean from a machine-translated version of the official site, it doesn't look like Nintendo is quite as confident about its router's compatability with PCs.

Based on the nondescript appearance of the router itself, I initially assumed that this was the product of some no-name Hong Kong electronics manufacturer simply looking to cash in on some loose association with the Wii, but no, this is in fact a proper Nintendo device. I guess this could be a useful bit of gear for someone who, for whatever reason, has a Wii and/or a DS and wants to get online, but who doesn't want to fuss around with a PC, which frankly seems like a pretty rare scenario outside of Japan. Actually, that might explain why the Nintendo router is currently only slated to hit Japan on September 18 for 5800 yen ($53).

For whatever reason, all this reminds me of the totally buck-wild rumors that were flying around right before Nintendo unveiled the GameCube, claiming that it was going to be called the StarCube, and that the associated online service would be called Star Road. Seriously, how cool would that have been?
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Posted by Ryan
Pictures of routers! Excitement!
As great a device as the Nintendo DS, I've always found the system's finnicky online support to be supremely maddening--I'm simply not willing to downgrade my network security, or buy a special USB dongle, for the sake of trading Pokémon online from the comfort of my own home. Taking another page from the Apple playbook, Nintendo is looking to remove another non-Nintendo variable from the networking equation with its own wi-fi router that guarnatees compatability with both the DS and the Wii, though ironically, from what I could glean from a machine-translated version of the official site, it doesn't look like Nintendo is quite as confident about its router's compatability with PCs.

Based on the nondescript appearance of the router itself, I initially assumed that this was the product of some no-name Hong Kong electronics manufacturer simply looking to cash in on some loose association with the Wii, but no, this is in fact a proper Nintendo device. I guess this could be a useful bit of gear for someone who, for whatever reason, has a Wii and/or a DS and wants to get online, but who doesn't want to fuss around with a PC, which frankly seems like a pretty rare scenario outside of Japan. Actually, that might explain why the Nintendo router is currently only slated to hit Japan on September 18 for 5800 yen ($53).

For whatever reason, all this reminds me of the totally buck-wild rumors that were flying around right before Nintendo unveiled the GameCube, claiming that it was going to be called the StarCube, and that the associated online service would be called Star Road. Seriously, how cool would that have been?
Posted by GalvanizedNails

white boxes suck! I'm racist! (not really)

Posted by swamplord666

hmmm.....

Posted by Foil1212

I use a lan adapter anyways :)

Posted by GalvanizedNails
Posted by Kohe321

Huh lol, oh well.

Posted by CleverLoginName

Is it really that hard to look up compatible routers?

Posted by xxNBxx

Probly not that cool Ryan cause it wouldn't have worked right...  lol

Posted by MasterSplinter

I think I'll call it.. Mini Wii

Posted by Acid08

I got a raging boner reading this story. Routers <3

Posted by mrfluke

hmmm

Posted by ddensel

Uh, how about some online GAMES Nintendo? 30-player F-Zero please!!!

Posted by albedos_shadow

That's incredibly dumb.

Posted by Leon31

Um... ok.... cool?

Posted by Tarsier

Hmm. Only in Japan? I haven't gotten my Wii hooked up to the internet and I was always thinking they needed to make something like this. Meh. My Wii is getting closer to being thrown in the garbage every day. :(

Posted by Destroyeron

I honestly can't stand all the stupid white electronics these days.

Posted by Relys

It looks fucking pretty.

Posted by Computerplayer1

And I thought ROB was a bad idea...

Posted by SleepyDoughnut

What kind of blog is this? If its only gonna be released in japan, and all you're gonna do is question the product's practicality in America... where are you going with this Davis? Just a way to be nostalgic about rumors that don't connect to the story? WHAT'S YOUR ANGLE

Posted by schnitz76
I'm simply not willing to downgrade my network security, or buy a special USB dongle, for the sake of trading Pokémon online from the comfort of my own home.

So someone should buy this and let Nintendo downgrade their network security for them?
Posted by AZ123

Wow, the Star Road sounds freaking awesome. If only it were for the nerds...

Posted by SentientMoustache

having a Nintendo named StarCube with an online service called the Star Road. would be like, like ,like         SUPER HUMONGOUS ÜBER AUSOME !!! 

Posted by selbie

Pity the box doesn't include storage capacity. It would be a win-win for Nintendo

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