It’s strange that the Nintendo DS already has a impact in McDonalds via the Nintendo Zone service, which allows you to download demos, information and other exclusive content to their DS systems in Japan.
Nikkei reports today that McDonalds Japan will begin using the DS as an employee training tool later this year. They will be developing a DS training program called “eSmart.” New part time employees will train through this software.
The chain plans on placing around two DS systems in all its restaurants throughout the nation.
The program’s cost will come to around 200 million yen.
Using the new DS software, McDonalds believes it can cut training time by half over conventional methods, in part due of the familiarity of the DS system. To be honest I don’t think it’s going to make people serve you any quicker just because they have trained on a DS.