The Game Bakers are breaking new ground, and helping Nintendo achieve a long-requested feature. The upcoming Squids Odyssey, an action-strategy game, will offer buyers a free version for Wii U with purchase of the 3DS eShop edition, but not if you’re in North America.

According to a report on Siliconera, The Game Bakers were approached by Nintendo of Europe to bundle the two versions. This brings a version of cross-buy to Nintendo consoles, and a step closer to bridging the gulf of accounts across systems.

Game Bakers reportedly approached Nintendo of America and was told that the North American organization isn’t yet able to support it. We’ve reached out to Nintendo of America for clarification and comment, and we’ll update should we receive a response.

Squids Odyssey is out now on the Wii U eShop and coming soon to 3DS. It includes all of the content from previous titles Squids and Squids: Wild West, as well as a new chapter.

[Source: Siliconera]


Our Take
Nintendo has committed to a unified account system moving forward, and this first step offers hope. Figuring out how to bridge the gap between Wii U and 3DS will help eliminate analysis paralysis that exists for Virtual Console purchases that exist on both platforms separately.

It will also create an ecosystem of Nintendo devices, instead of having separate platforms that are largely independent of one another. It also would allow the Wii U to capitalize on the success of the 3DS and, should content port over, give people more confidence about purchasing the home console.