Nintendo president Saturo Iwata says that mandatory firmware updates will take place in one of two ways. Firstly, security updates will be placed on ROMS, which will have larger capacity, so when you insert a new game the firmware will install. Secondly, the updates will install via the wi-fi connection, which autonomously connects to approximately 1,000 U.K. based hot-spots, even when in sleep mode.
The news comes from Andriasang, who reports that the new Nintendo DS service SpotPass, which can automatically detect wi-fi signals and download content automatically, makes it possible.
"As part of the functionality of SpotPass, we're looking into having automatic system updates via the internet," says Iwata.
The Nintendo DS launches in Europe in March 2011 and will produce 3D effects without the need for any special glasses.