Nintendo has joined forces with The Cloud to offer users of its 3DS handheld console free access to the web at 50,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the UK.

From today, the 3D handheld gaming console will automatically connect to the web when in range of one of The Cloud's hotspots, which can be found in pubs, leisure facilities, restaurants and mainline stations. To access the web, you will need the Nintendo 3DS internet browser. Those that don't have this browser on the device can obtain it by applying a manual system update.

Using The Cloud hotspots, Nintendo 3DS users will be able to browse the web or access SpotPass, a service that offers free software and exclusive 2D & 3D video content.

"Nintendo 3DS continues to evolve and add new features all the time. The Cloud partnership represents another exciting step that will continue to expand its appeal and encourage owners to take their Nintendo 3DS systems with them wherever they go, offering different and unique experiences everyday," said Dawn Paine, Marketing Director at Nintendo UK,

Steve Nicholson, managing director of The Cloud, added that gamers that want to play outside of their home need a fast and reliable internet connection.

"This is what Wi-Fi offers compared to a technology such as 3G, which struggles to handle really rich, data-hungry video content."