We’ve reported on this DS service a bit in the past when it was pay-to-play, and today Nintendo took the next step by making access to the Nintendo Fan Network free for Seattle Mariners baseball fans.
I’m curious to see how it does as a free service (even if the drinks and food you order with it are anything but free). Release follows after the jump.
Nintendo is giving Seattle Mariners fans a gift at every home game this year: free access to the NintendoÂ® Fan Network. Fans who bring a Nintendo DSâ„¢ to Safeco Field can log on wirelessly to the Nintendo Fan Network to access a wide variety of baseball-related content. Some of the many features include access to player statistics, scores from other MLB games in progress, current team standings, chat with other fans and the ability to compete in trivia and other mini games. Additionally, fans can watch the in-stadium live broadcast video and use the Nintendo DS touch screen to order ballpark food and beverages delivered right to their seats.
The Nintendo Fan Network made its debut at Safeco Field during the 2007 season. Thousands of fans tried the Nintendo Fan Network for a minimal fee during the 2007 season trial, but fans attending Mariners home games during the 2008 season can access an even wider variety of features for free, just by bringing a Nintendo DS to Safeco Field. Fans can download the Nintendo Fan Network at one of the two kiosks located near sections 127 and 143 or at one of the 15 download stations throughout the stadium.
The Nintendo Fan Network will get an additional workout this week, when the Mariners begin a six-game home stand. Nintendo is always adding new features, so every time fans download the service, they might see something new and experience a whole new way to enjoy the game.