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Nintendo's New Network Appliance
by Ryan Davis on
More little white boxes from Nintendo.
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?