Unified 3DS & Wii U accounts

9 July, 2012 - 10:24 pm by

Nintendo have announced that they will have a unified user system for both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U consoles in time for release of the Wii U. This could mean that one email address could be used for both systems and that games from the Wii U eshop could potentially work on the 3DS console, much like how the PlayStation Network is usable on both the PS3 and Vita.

In a leaked email from Nintendo USA it seems clear that they want to provide the best online system out of the big three competitors. The email reads: “Eventually this same account system will be made compatible with Nintendo 3DS systems. At this time we have no additional details to offer and nothing to indicate how or if this will work outside the United States and Canada. In the meantime, if the system has a problem, taking it to an Authorized Service Center will maintain the Nintendo eShop account. If the system is stolen, we can transfer the account to a new system once we are provided with a valid police report.”

This is a vast improvement on the current state of affairs where if a Nintendo Wii breaks and users have to get a new one, the information has to be sent to Nintendo to manually transfer information from their HQ. Nintendo announced at E3 it was working on the MiiVerse which would be a platform for future Nintendo consoles, but the depth of what it could do was never fully explained.

Nintendo have previously stated that they are committed to offering a free service that will be social network for Nintendo players all around the world, as the Wii U’s launch comes closer we will endeavor to bring the latest developments on how Nintendo is planning to turn its online fortunes around.