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Nintendo Wii owners with broadband connections will be able to download games for the company's DS handheld with the launch of a new service.

The plan to make internet connectivity a larger part of the Nintendo's marketing strategy was revealed by Reggie Fils-Aime, president and chief operating officer of Nintendo's American division.

He told the New York Times: "To aggressively drive DS business we need to provide other forms of entertainment to excite the consumer."

The service will enable Wii owners with high speed broadband connections to quickly and easily download or sample the pick of Nintendo's games for the DS, such as the huge-selling pet-sim Nintendogs - which is currently only available for the DS.

Users will also be able to get additional segments for their existing games, with extra puzzles from Professor Layton and the Curious Village set to available for download in February.

The Nintendo Wii is currently on course to become the world's top selling console and was one of the most sought-after Christmas presents in the UK this year.

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