Nintendo launches new DS demo kiosk in Japan

"Touch! Try! DS" terminals let consumers try out system and 30 titles before picking them up.

TOKYO--Nintendo has let Japanese DS owners download game demos from special kiosks in the past, but now the company is also reaching out to those who don't yet own a DS.

The company has placed new DS demo kiosks across Japan called "Touch! Try! DS," which lets consumers try out the system and 30 games before making a purchase. Where previous demo stations merely invited DS owners to download free samples of games to their handheld, the new kiosks have actual systems to try out.

The kiosks currently offer demos of 30 games, including Mario Kart DS. A demo of Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time will be available starting December 15. The list of participating stores and available games is available at Nintendo's official site.

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i_love_my_ds
i_love_my_ds

they should do this in the US. i dont know what games are good for the DS.

gamecorp
gamecorp

it would help and nintendo should do it to attract more gamers to there console and i would like to try out games before i buy them it would be really helpful!

Stegosaurus_Boy
Stegosaurus_Boy

I'm just waiting for a the new DS to come out... admittedly, they haven't even announced it yet... so it could be some time... but when Jeff Gerstman started talking about a smaller DS, I got thinking. So, the main things I don't like about the DS are... 1. Pictochat... it's a little basic... maybe they could replace it with something else via the WiFi if they're able to send firmware through it. 2. A smaller DS? Why don't you just remove the GBA slot and put one or maybe even two extra DS slots into it so we really could have more than one game at once. 3... That's about it really... I love my DS dearly. The touch screen is rather scratched now but that's because the thumb pad got scratched... and unless they start selling diamond tipped thumb pads, that's not going to change... Any more ideas?

togo2828
togo2828

see stuff like this make me wish i was in japan

Squeek_prime
Squeek_prime

Thirty games? Wow, thats a pretty decent selection. Nintendo is always trying to get publicity by doing this stuff anyway. I don't think they're going to get many more sales through this tactic though, they need to wait for the next killer app, namley metroid hunters. Besides, Animal crossing just came out, and I think that did pretty well for the DS sales as Nintendogs did when It came out.

IChangedMyName
IChangedMyName

i dun think the US can handle them.......imagine free DS's for the suburban vandals, i say this b/c hell, i see a DS jes sitting there i'd take the sh*t but it has potential they should look 2 retailers like qoute "game crazy" unqoute Gamestop, EB Games and maybe even willing shopping malls.... but i have 1 question, the DS can download stuff?

mccarlp
mccarlp

FYI - Game Crazy stores let anyone try any game in the store including new copies of portable games for DS and PSP.

videogamr49
videogamr49

...and Nintendo can't spare that here in the United States where it is as big as Japan's gaming industry...just a REALLY GOOD thought.

BlazeFlare
BlazeFlare

Maybe you should read other people's posts, instead of directing all insults towards yourself. He was referring to Bawishe's post.

gonzalezj1
gonzalezj1

Downloadable demos would be great. Why don't we have that in the US?

ghsacidman
ghsacidman

This is news because? If we don't see it here in the states, I could care less.

bryehngeocef
bryehngeocef

i didn't say that DS games could be updated. You should read posts before you attack them.

PeeeU
PeeeU

That would really help people out if that had that here in stores.

Dante_Fox
Dante_Fox

This would appeal to the US gamers greatly. Wish they bring it over here in the near future.

thomasflath9000
thomasflath9000

This would be awsome if it hit USA for download stuff, cause there are so many games that i want but i want to try them first

BlazeFlare
BlazeFlare

DS games can be updated, Tony Hawk's American Sk8land has downloadable content features. At least, that's what I thought...

Moltdar
Moltdar

i hope we do get game demo's, but you have to be a retard in thinking a DS game can be updated. get informed bryehngeocef.

B_ond
B_ond

I hope we eventually get downloadable demos. (US)

ziplife1
ziplife1

yo yo yo this i got to see. if it ever reaches the U.K. i mean the download stuff

Bawishe
Bawishe

I hope they bring download kiosks to America. Maybe for game updates like new Nintendogs items.

bryehngeocef
bryehngeocef

I hope they do this over in North America too. Especially the demo stuff...maybe over Wi-Fi.