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Nintendo developing “Nintendo Network” for Wii U and 3DS

Nintendo is stepping up its online game with the future launch of a “Nintendo Network” for the Wii U and 3DS. Announced by Satoru Iwata in the company's latest financial report, the Nintendo Network will takes its lead from existing online services such as PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, and offer Wii U and 3DS owners access to Nintendo DLC, enhanced community features, and the opportunity to download complete games at some time down the road.

“Unlike Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, which has been focused upon specific functionalities and concepts, we are aiming to establish a platform where various services available through the network for our consumers shall be connected via Nintendo Network service so that the company can make comprehensive proposals to consumers,” explained Iwata.

For Wii U owners specifically, Iwata said Nintendo will introduce a personal account that will allow multiple users to access the Nintendo Network from the same console. As for its DLC strategy, Iwata said Nintendo will only deal with add-ons that enhance the original game, not those that offer something that should have come with the original purchase, noting, “As a software maker, Nintendo believes that its packaged software should be sold to our consumers in a form so that the consumers will know in advance that they can enjoy playing the software they purchased just as it is. We believe that our consumers will be able to feel more secure if we offer our add-on content as an additional structure in which those who love the game will be able to enjoy it in a deeper way for a prolonged play time.”

Japan's Tobidasu Pricla Kiradeco Revolution will be the first 3DS to receive DLC through the Nintendo Network. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy will also be receiving downloadble content in the near future in the form of addition songs. As for full-on software downloads, Iwata said Nintendo is waiting until it has a solid grasp of the market and its technical limitations before moving forward with that Nintendo Network component.

The Wi-Fi Connection has already laid out the groundwork for what the Nintendo Network hopes to achieve. Are you confident Iwata and team will make the upgrades needed to bring it up to par with its console competitors?

22 comments

  • carlos5577 - January 30, 2012 10:14 p.m.

    Nintendo welcome to 2006!
  • azariaspice - January 28, 2012 11:26 p.m.

    I hope they really do something similar to the PSN and XBL for this. I'd love a trophy/achievement system of sorts for Nintendo, even if it's only on the Wii U (though, I'd absolutely LOVE it for the 3DS). The Vita is gonna be awesome, and I hope Nintendo updates the 3DS to be just a fantastic with the features and such.
  • IceBlueKirby - January 28, 2012 12:39 a.m.

    It's a shame that other companies don't share Nintendo's views on DLC. The world would be a better place if they did. Commenting on the topic at hand though, I really don't care. I don't play games online now, so I doubt that's gonna change anytime soon.
  • Smash_Bro - January 27, 2012 9:36 p.m.

    “As a software maker, Nintendo believes that its packaged software should be sold to our consumers in a form so that the consumers will know in advance that they can enjoy playing the software they purchased just as it is. We believe that our consumers will be able to feel more secure if we offer our add-on content as an additional structure in which blah blah blah." This is Iwata's well-articulated, very pretty way of saying that New Smash Bros won't have DLC characters. Sigh.
  • shawksta - January 27, 2012 6:35 p.m.

    You guys whine too much, your acting as if an online service is first priority for everything. Anyway, great to see Nintendo finally being to standard points in terms of online, its undermined cause they care more about making games then handling an online system, so its good to see their getting better, keep leveling up Nintendo!
  • Asmodean - January 27, 2012 3:39 p.m.

    Sorry Big N, but no dice. You've been dropping the ball since the N64, you're going to have to prove you want real gamers back before I even think about buying that plastic brick you claim will be a console.
  • shawksta - January 27, 2012 6:37 p.m.

    In all honestly, its the 3rd Parties not being able to use Nintendo's Hardware to make great games, otherwise Nintendo's doing all the work, dont bash em like they WANT no support and doing it on Purpose, the Wii U's Unique Potential and hidden abilities will be welcoming for 3rd Parties to be with Nintendo.
  • ChrisCultista - January 27, 2012 7:54 p.m.

    God, you are such an apologist. So the developers that can make a game for every system but the Wii are at fault? Also, hard-ware? These same developers you are talking about most likely started generations ago when 16-bit graphics were the cutting edge, dont even try to say 'it's the hard-ware'. Hidden abilities? What the hell are you talking about? It's not a transformer. It's not a super hero. And what is 'Unique Potential' besides a longer way to say the word 'gimmick'?
  • TheMariner - January 27, 2012 1:32 p.m.

    Hopefully this will mean the end of friend codes *shudder*.
  • ChrisCultista - January 27, 2012 1:23 p.m.

    Welcome to a decade ago Nintendo. GOD! I just had a thought. What if they did the same thing with physical media? BRAND NEW FROM NINTENDO! CD-ROM!
  • comaqi - January 27, 2012 1:35 p.m.

    But they already did that with the game cube.
  • BIOSback - January 27, 2012 3:14 p.m.

    I think there was a bit of sarcasm there. lol
  • DonCheadleVStheworld - January 27, 2012 1:17 p.m.

    Welcome to the party Ninty. We've been here awhile.
  • n00b - January 27, 2012 1:12 p.m.

    bout time no really, the comments weren't working for me, for the last 3 months
  • FETALJUICE - January 27, 2012 12:57 p.m.

    About a decade late but its better late than never.
  • Zeos - January 27, 2012 12:44 p.m.

    About time they wizened up, though I'm sure it'll still include dumb "safety" features that keep it less user friendly than PSN, and Xbox Live.
  • Z-man427 - January 27, 2012 12:12 p.m.

    Sounds promising, but so did a lot of things Nintendo has put out in the last decade.
  • badgraphix1 - January 27, 2012 12:06 p.m.

    It's about time. Hopefully now we can use logins and not have to worry about a 3DS breaking and losing all the games.
  • badgraphix1 - January 27, 2012 12:08 p.m.

    Yes, I realize he mentioned Wii U specifically in the article, but I'm hoping it's something that's used in the 3DS too.
  • cL7oud hero - January 27, 2012 11:59 a.m.

    This is so coo I hope they do a lot of stuff with 3ds/ wiiu connectivity

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