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Nintendo Network Announced

Posted on January 27, 2012 AT 11:09am

THE BUZZ: Nintendo has announced the Nintendo Network, a new online service for Wii U and 3DS.

According to Nintendo the the Network will support DLC downloads, full digital downloads and offer personal accounts for Wii U users. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said: “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.”

EGM’s TAKE: It appears that Nintendo is trying to create an enviroment similar to Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, by creating a platform where all services can be accessed from instead of concentrating on singular concepts and functions. ”For example, competitions and communication among users, as well as the sales of digital content, will be covered within the Nintendo Network,” added Iwata.

Japanese 3DS title Tobidasu Pricla Kiradeco Revolution will be the first game to offer add-on content, followed by Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.

It was also mentioned that the possibility of full game downloads via the Network is being considered: ”This concept was built into the design of the Nintendo 3DS, and we already have the necessary infrastructure. We will prepare the same infrastructure for the Wii U. However, we have not decided the concrete timing of when we will start it, he explained. ”The decision must be made by taking into consideration such factors as the relationship with the wholesalers and retailers, and the best way to be embraced by consumers, as well as the environment surrounding the market and consumers, such as the required memory capacity on consumers’ SD memory cards. However, as an option for the future, the significance of this business field will increase.”

Finally Nintendo will offer a personal account system with the Wii U console, this will allow multiple users to have separate accounts on the same machine, as with the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

This all adds up to Nintendo moving into the real next generation of consoles, finally putting systems in place that many hardcore Wii owners have wanted for a long time, could this be the time for the company to “grow up?”

What do you think of the Network? Is it a good idea? Leave your thoughts below.

Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor
Matthew Bennett finally got his big break with EGM three years ago, following years of volunteer work for various sites. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Follow him on Twitter @mattyjb89. Meet the rest of the crew.

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