The lights are on
There have been rumors circulating regarding Nintendo's online network plans for its upcoming Wii U console. Today, president Satoru Iwata announced the first details about the service -- which will have many of the features gamers have come to expect on services like Xbox Live and PSN. The Nintendo Network, as it is called, will be compatible with both 3DS and Wii U.You can read Iwata's full statement on Nintendo's site, but here are some of the highlights:-- The Wii U will have a "personal account system" compatible with the Nintendo Network. Iwata said this would make it easier on families that have multiple users of a system in one house. Hopefully, this will work exactly as it does on PS3 or Xbox 360, where you login to your identity and are instantly signed into the network.-- Post-release downloadable content for packaged games: Iwata said that Wii U games will be supported post-launch. Already, some 3DS titles like Square Enix's Theatrhyhythm will feature downloadable tracks post-launch.-- Iwata pointed to Mario Kart 7's community functions -- which allow you to organize groups and sort different match types in multiple groups -- as a model for some of the Nintendo Networks functions.-- Nintendo is also "considering the future possibility of digital distribution of packaged software" for Wii U.
Iwata also said the company would release the system in time for the holidays. He commented, "For the launch of new hardware, it is regarded as a sort of requisite
not to miss the critical year-end sales season. The
company is aiming to firmly complete the development of the entire
system and prepare sufficient software so that the Wii U will be at its
best at the time of the launch." Iwata reiterated that
Nintendo had "learned a bitter lesson from the launch of the Nintendo
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I can't wait to see the design of the system.
Cannot wait for the Wii U
At long last... of course they'll need to do a lot more in order to just keep up with the rest of the industry. But at least they're doing this much.
I can't wait!!
It's great to see Nintendo get an online service, but hopefully it won't encourage them to sell off portions of their games like most modern AAA games do.
To tell the truth, I don't play Nintendo systems for online support. I play them for Zelda and all that good stuff. If I need to have a 12-year old from halfway across the globe scream obscenities at me I'll turn on the 360 or PS3. Not bashin', just sayin'.
Still skeptical about "the future possibility of digital distribution of packaged software"
Well I hope they pick something up from XBL and PSN.
This is all welcome news but the bigger question remains: will this system be worth the price of admission. I really hope so. I also want cross platform games like between my PSP and ps3. Gimme Secret of Management on my 3ds.