Confronted with Nintendo’s newly announced Wi-Fi router, most gadget bloggers are galvanically erupting a questioning curlicue of molten incredulity out of the tops of their cranial crevasses. Why would Nintendo release this? The Wii and DS work without an existing router. And furthermore, shouldn’t Nintendo be working on a Wii hard drive instead?
Sadly, I know exactly who this is aimed at: guys like me who have to shut down our WPA2-secure routers just so Beschizza can dandily traipse through our DS Animal Crossing town, leaving baskets of plums and starting politely-worded petitions to rename the whole village to Gropecunt Lane.
The DS, you see, inexplicably will not connect to a WPA protected network, favoring non-protected routers or WEP (what?). The Nintendo WiFi Network Adapter has three settings: Router, Bridge or Auto. That “bridge” looks tasty: a way to finally get your DS online without stripping all its security.
Of course, Nintendo already makes such a device: the Nintendo DS WiFi USB Connector. So perhaps this really is aimed at the Nintendo die-hard with an aesthetic soft spot for a tiny Liliputian doppelganger sitting side by side with his Wii, controlling the pulse and flux of his outgoing data. And that person, perhaps, will rather drop his $59 on Nintendo WiFi device than a Linksys or Netgear. Whoever you are, I don’t understand you, dear Nintendork, but your race shall swarm the earth.