Anyone that paid attention at this year’s E3 knows that Microsoft announced partnerships with Facebook, Twitter and Last.fm. This was exciting news to everyone in the gaming world who not only had a passion for video games, but also a passion for social networking sites. Today, August 3, 2009, after 5PM PST/8PM EST, yet another gaming platform will venture into this popular Internet past-time: the Nintendo DSi. (While you’re on Facebook, how about adding us to your friends?)
Nintendo is already famous for it’s innovative systems and gameplay, as well as the practicality it’s newer systems offer (what with the Wii Fit, and the DSi camera/music player being SOME of the strides in the gaming world). This partnership between Facebook and Nintendo, will allow users to take pictures with either of the two “eyes” (cameras) on the DSi as long as the system is configured to share transmissions with a Wi-Fi router. It will be as simple as pressing the “Fb” icon after taking a picture (once again, after making sure you’re connected to the internet via Wi-Fi), and this will be distributed as a free update rather than a download.
“We’re giving people the tools to express themselves in creative new ways and show off the results to their friends and family on Facebook.” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales and Marketing. Nintendo is continuing to show that they always have something up their sleeve when people think they’re slipping a bit, and can always make any experience better. Now the fact that I can transmit the random pictures I take with my DSi without having to go through the hassle of taking the SD Card out, turning on the computer, loading the pictures and then uploading them to Facebook, really makes the purchase seem a bit more worth it.