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McDonald's Japan Using DS to Train Employees

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Now who wouldn't want to be trained at a new job using the Nintendo DS?

In addition to landing in the hands of public school students, the Nintendo DS is also making its way to employees of McDonald's in Japan.

The device already goes hand-in-hand with Ronald McDonald and Co. by offering visitors free downloads of demos and other exclusive content via the Nintendo Zone service. Many local restaurants here in the states even sport built-in Gamecube consoles for gamers to play for free. Oddly, the McDonald's by our U.S. office still only has N64's.

However now the Nintendo handheld will be used by part-time employees for training purposes. Although no real specifics were provided, the DS training program itself is called "eSmart," and will use software designed by the fast food chain. The overall purchase and distribution will cost the company around 200 million yen (just over $2.2 million USD)--and that doesn't include the cost of developing the software.

According to Andriasang, McDonald's plans to incorporate around two DS units throughout Japan, making it roughly 7,400 units (based on February store numbers). The company believes that training will be cut in half over traditional methods, mostly because the trainees are already familiar with the Nintendo DS platform.

The eSmart program is expected to launch later this year. So far there's no indication that the program will be incorporated into McDonald's here in the States.

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    zak_mckraken , March 22, 2010 7:15 PM
    Quote:
    According to Andriasang, McDonald's plans to incorporate around two DS units throughout Japan, making it roughly 7,400 units (based on February store numbers).

    So... is it 2 units or 7,400?
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    sliem , March 22, 2010 7:25 PM
    So nintendo also goes to school and restaurant business... what's next? postal office?
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    Anonymous , March 22, 2010 8:01 PM
    2 units per store makes 7,400 nation wide
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    imspecial , March 22, 2010 8:02 PM
    zak_mckrakenSo... is it 2 units or 7,400?

    2 per store for a total of 7,400 DS units?
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    JohnnyLucky , March 22, 2010 8:20 PM
    It sounds as if it will be similar to other digital training and educational programs.
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    TemjinGold , March 22, 2010 8:23 PM
    zak_mckrakenSo... is it 2 units or 7,400?


    It's AROUND 2 units. :D 
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    Darkerson , March 22, 2010 8:48 PM
    if only they did weird and interesting things like this state-side.
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    Anonymous , March 22, 2010 10:23 PM
    This just in: japanese porn industry using ds to train teenagers on sexual education.
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    Anonymous , March 23, 2010 3:28 AM
    McDonalds = McShitalds.
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    eddieroolz , March 23, 2010 4:07 AM
    Would be nice if I can keep the DS :D 
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    anamaniac , March 23, 2010 10:39 AM
    eddieroolzWould be nice if I can keep the DS

    Well, I did pay more for my work boots than you would for a DS these days, so why not?
    Wish I had my boss hire an engineer to connect our old equipment to my PSPgo (screw the DS) wireless for me to control the equipment. The guy who worked on it controlled it form his laptop, so why not a handheld device via Wi-fi or Bluetooth? This could actually reduce labour costs immensely.

    More companies need to properly embrace technology.
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    IncinX , March 23, 2010 2:05 PM
    In future news: A McDonald's employee married his DS virtual trainer.
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    WyomingKnott , March 23, 2010 2:48 PM
    Quote:
    The company believes that training will be cut in half over traditional methods

    I think that the author meant to say that training time will but cut in half, but what was actually written may be more accurate. Half-trained employees.
    Is the training presented by Zess T.?
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    Anonymous , April 6, 2010 2:21 PM
    that's why Mcdonalds Japan is #2 in the world
    http://www.japansugoi.com/wordpress/japan-has-most-mcdonalds-after-usa/
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