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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well that's great and all... but do i get to re-download all my virtual console stuff again for free? or would i have to shell out cash for mario 1 again?
All sounds good, won't really mean anything until we see it's actual implementation though.
Nintendo seems to know what they are doing.
I guess they want some of that DLC profit too :P
Took 'em long enuff.
now that's what I like to hear. hope there's a few surprises in store.
This is really just icing on the cake for me. All I've ever expected out of a Nintendo console is a new idea with fun games to go with it.
Nice, and cool, also they actually learned thier lesson with the 3DS launch so I'm guessing having a good launch lineup will probably hold them down a bit, and bring out at least a few decent titles.
I thought I would never have Nintendo Live
always behind the times nintendo
I don't know why, but I have faith in Nintendo with the Wii U. I think they've made they're mistakes, but they also have learned from them. Having an exclusive network of their own is going to open up so many possibilities.
It amazes me, with Nintendo always trying to push the envelope on how people interact with consoles, that they would announce this with no "punch line". I guess I expected 'here's our online, it's a little late, but BLAM here's something you've never seen before.' But sadly, no. The announcement highlights read like a rumor, not like something to fuel excitement. It's like Toyota getting everyone together to announce that yes, there will be a Camry next year.