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“Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection is simple to use. Beginning with free access… we have removed one of the major barriers that have kept people from going online to play games.”
—Reggie Fils-Aime, Oct. 18, 2005 Press Release
The Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection (abbreviated WFC; Wi-Fi is short for Wireless Fidelity) is Nintendo's online match making service available for use by a specifically designed game on a Nintendo system specifically designed to make use of the service. While the system itself is very capable as far as actual matches are concerned, the manner in which it was designed severely limits the creation of an online community. Currently, both the Nintendo DS and Wii make use of the system. However, it was shut down.
Utilizing the ServiceEdit
When creating the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, Nintendo aimed to remove the barriers faced by users when attempting to play games online. The system is currently free, and Nintendo has made no indication that they will charge in the future. Secondly, the system has been designed to be easy to use.