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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Monday, January 29, 2007

Nintendo Fan Network

At Mariners FanFest this weekend Nintendo had a booth set up to demo their new "Nintendo Fan Network". Starting this season, fans watching the games at Safeco Field will now be able to bring their Nintendo DS and connect to the NFN. Once on the network you can order food, watch live video, peruse through player stats, keep up with scores in other games, and play baseball trivia games.

I'm pretty excited as I've been waiting for something like this to be developed (though I always thought it would be cell phone based). From playing with it briefly the implementation looks pretty slick, so I'm tempted to get a DS now just to check it out (nice marketing Nintendo).

On the downside, the price point that they're currently floating is $8 per game. That seems pretty steep (I can get a Safeco beer for that price), especially over the course of the 16-20 games I usually manage to make it out to. Somewhere in the range of $3 per game seems more like the sweet spot. The Nintendo Guy I spoke with did mention that they may do a $1 a game deal for full-season ticket holders, so if that offer gets extended to everyone it means roughly $80 will net you a season pass. Pretty tempting...especially since with a DS I could play Super Mario during all of those pitching changes we're going to have to sit through this year.


You make the call: Mario or Edgar?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI
April 22, 2008
Nintendo News
Nintendo Gives Mariners Fans Free Access to Nintendo Fan Network
Nintendo is giving Seattle Mariners fans a gift at every home game this year: free access to the Nintendo® Fan Network. Fans who bring a Nintendo DS™ 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.

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