Disney to use Nintendo DS as tour guide

Written by Joe Martin

January 22, 2008 | 11:47

Tags: #ds #handheld #interactive

Companies: #disney #nintendo

Disney has, according to the WDWMagic website, just started testing the idea of using the Nintendo DS as an interactive tour guide system for Walt Disney resorts.

The program has been named as the sickeningly-sweet Disney Magic Connection and lets users carry maps of the resort wherever they go.

The system also brings a whole load of useful applications to tourists though, including up-to-date information on queue lengths, automatic directions to the nearest facilities, restaurants and cash machines and, naturally, occasional mini-games. You can see early images of the system over in the WDWMagic forums.

The bad news is that, for the moment, the Disney Magic Connection is only available on pre-configured DS hardware supplied by Disney - though that will most likely change as the program comes out of the testing phase.

The Nintendo DS is rapidly proving itself to be an immensely useful piece of kit, with a vast certified game library, a very active homebrew scene which adds new applications and games to the system and a growing number of companies taking advantage of the handhelds popularity.

It's so useful in fact that we ran a beginners guide to DS homebrew not long ago.

Have you tried DS homebrew before? What do you think to the Disney Magic Connection? Let us know in the forums.
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