In a recent interview with the Financial Times Nintendo are currently considering adding free 3G to the next DS.
With the iPhone currently dominating the handset market, giving its plethora of users access to 3G Internet wherever they go, Nintendo’s current wireless access for the DS seems a little draconian. Nintendo is therefore considering adding an extra up front charge to their next iteration of the DS, in exchange for free lifetime 3G access.
“Only people who can pay thousands of yen a month [in mobile phone subscriptions] can be iPhone customers. That doesn’t fit Nintendo customers because we make amusement products. In reality, if we did this it would increase the cost of the hardware, and customers would complain about Nintendo putting prices up, but it is one option for the future.”