Starting tomorrow, Nintendo will offer a 3DS tethering app for select Android-powered smartphones and tablets on Japan’s Docomo wireless network. The exclusive app, called Kantan (Easy) Tethering, will be available through the Google Play store and Docomo’s bundled dmenu app. At launch, it will only be compatible with Samsung’s Galaxy S5 smartphone – which also happens to be debuting in the Japanese market tomorrow.
The app technically marks Nintendo’s first foray into mobile apps, but since it’s more of a utility than a game, there’s no need to call for a ceremony.
Kantan Tethering is free, but users will be charged according to their data usage. It utilizes the WPS protocol to securely connect devices to the network and promises an easy interface for those who may be unfamiliar with tethering or setting up a wireless network. Once the initial setup is complete, users can simply switch the tethering mode on or off.
In addition to allowing 3DS gamers an easy way to get online, Kantan Tethering will give them the option of filling out a survey (available from early July until September 30th) to get a free game. Once submitted, a download code for an undisclosed virtual console title will become available.
Aside from the S5, Kantan Tethering will be compatible with the following devices:
- Xperia Z2 SO-03F (May 21 release)
- Aquos Zeta SH-04F (May 23 release)
- Arrows NX F-05F (Available in late May)
- Xperia A2 SO-04F (Available in mid-June)
- Aquos Pas SH-06F (Available mid-June)
- Xperia Z2 Tablet SO-05F (Available late June)
All 3DS and 3DS LL consoles are compatible with the app, and Docomo plans to extend compatibility to additional mobile devices in the future.
[Update: Takuya Ori, a Docomo spokesperson, shed some additional light on his company’s partnership with Nintendo.]
We have been considering [the partnership with Nintendo] since around fall of 2013. There are no plans to distribute this application for users on other carriers.
We think there are possibilities for future collaborations [with Nintendo], in providing our users services and products for smarter living, but there is nothing we can disclose at this point.