Nintendo Announces Nintendo Network

Nintendo has announced the Nintendo Network, the company's antidote to the long-held gripes of users who have wanted Nintendo to offer a comprehensive online service like Xbox Live and PlayStation Network for their many platforms. Nintendo Network, which will work with 3DS and Wii U, will offer downloadable content, the possibility of full first and third-party digital game downloads, social and multiplayer features, and a personal account system.

"Whether it's our first-party titles or third parties' titles, for a number of games, we will actively attempt to achieve compatibility so that our consumers can enjoy our online services that we will deploy under the name of the Nintendo Network," Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said. "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."

"For example, competitions and communication among users, as well as the sales of digital content, will be covered within the Nintendo Network," he added.

The first title to be made available on the Nintendo Network will be Japanese 3DS title Tobidasu Pricla Kiradeco Revolution, along with add-on content.

Further details on the system will be revealed at a later date. Many of the things mentioned above, such as full game downloads, are still being considered by Nintendo apparently. The Nintendo Network may be online by the end of the year in time for the Wii U’s launch though it is unknown at this time if the service will launch at the same time as the system. Nintendo announced yesterday that it would launch the Wii U in 2012.

Source: C&VG

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    Vake Xeacons says:

    And besides, whatever issues each system had (GBA = rechargeable battery/light) we got with accessories before the system upgrade. So now we have battery packs and Circle Pad Pro. Wonder what 3DS 1.5 will have…

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    Grif says:

    Points well taken, but my point still stands. Whatever issues Nintendo had with their systems is still dwarfed by Sony and Microsoft's hardware.

    And unlike Sony or Microsoft's hardware, the DS models weren't redesigned out of necessity.

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    Zen says:

    You do realize that they got rid of the "friend codes" for the 3DS.  You have a one time system code that you swap (if you want to connect with someone that is not physically with you) or you can just tap the screen and add eachother that way if you are around.  So hopefully this will just streamline it even more so for the 3DS in the future and the Wii-U later this year.  :)

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    Grif says:

    Network or not, at least we know the system will work as it should without having to go through 5 different redesigns or having a rediculous defective rate.

    I, for one, am looking forward to this.

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    beemoh says:

    My bet is "personal account system" means you pick your name from the first menu you see at boot up, and everyone in the household has their own Friend Code.


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