The most intriguing thing I found while reporting Nintendo’s plans to offer free DSi handheld loaners during Mariners games through June may be about the Wii.
Reading between the lines, it sounds like Nintendo has basically been going through an extended beta test of its Nintendo Fan Network at Safeco Field since 2007 (in a $500 million lab …).
This season should conclude the testing, at which point Nintendo hopes to extend the sports news, gaming and message service to other venues. Reading between the lines, it sounds pretty likely the NFN or something similar is heading to Wii consoles as well, probably with ESPN.
One footnote to today’s story on this: Nintendo planned to announce today that the network would also provide captions for live game radio broadcasts, but that was held up at the last minute on Friday. It’s debuting Tuesday with captions for P.A. announcements, but I wouldn’t be surprised if broadcasts captions appear later, after they sort out arrangements.
Here are some screenshots of the stuff from ESPN that’s debuting on the NFN at Tuesday’s game, including the Zoom game featuring Ken Griffey, The images blend the upper and lower DS screens: