Nintendo unveils its new Nintendo Network service

Posted on Jan 31 2012 - 4:20am by Julius

Gaming company Nintendo has unveiled its new Nintendo Network, an online gaming service that will include user accounts on the Nintendo Wii U, digital distribution of products, and downloadable content for both the 3DS handheld gaming platform and the Wii U.

At a meeting with the company’s investors, Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo announced that they will be working on a new online gaming network for their new systems.

Iwata announced that the company will be rebranding the “Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection” to the new “Nintendo Network,” which will sport a variety of new features for the Wii U and the 3DS, including support for multiple users and digital distribution of packaged software.

“This concept was built into the design of the Nintendo 3DS, and we already have the necessary infrastructure,” said Iwata. “We will prepare the same infrastructure for the Wii U. However, we have not decided the concrete timing of when we will start it. 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.”

Just recently, the company has made improvements to the 3DS’ online shop, offering game demos, enabling download of a number of games simultaneously while in sleep mode and giving users the ability to store a credit card number.

With this new online service, Nintendo is attempting to make an online service that will rival Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network. This will be helpful because Nintendo will now be able to patch buggy games, which is a bit of a hassle.


via: Reg Hardware

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