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'm definitely buying one. As soon as i herd SSB4 I was persuaded...
SSB4 4 player online
Two new Metroid games open world like oblivion and a 2D version.
New 2D Mario and 3D
Two new Zelda's one "like in the Wii U demo* and a top down view version.
New Mario Kart 10+ players online
Pokemon Red and Blue made for the Wii U with online mode.
DO IT NINTENDO!
Sounds pretty sweet.
Welcome to a few years ago, Nintendo.
Just amazing! This is another reason why Nintendo is my favorite company. They know what they are doing. I do hope the Wii U battery life is legit.
I will probably hold of buying Wii U, because I picked up Wii on day one and I regret that decision. Too few decent games on the wii
I hope they can actually pull this off
I'll admit, I wasn't feeling great about this when it was first announced, but I so want it to be good that I'm wiling to snort Iwata-san's fairy dust for the time being.
They better make it more reliable and easy to use than what they had before. (not that I ever used it)
This was a long time coming for Nintendo if they ever wanted to go more mainstream. I'm glad to see them finally stepping up to the plate.
Rumor: Retro Studios is working on Starfox.
Can It Get Any Better???
Finally Nintendo games with DLC