In a strange design decision, up until now the Wii U and 3DS used different account systems. This meant that you eShop accounts, or even games you could cross-play, were completely separate. Now, at last, Nintendo has announced a cross-platform account system.
During their Nintendo direct, Nintendo announced that the upcoming update for 3DS will implement this new account system. This firmware update is coming in December and will allow users to link the Nintendo Network ID they use on the Wii U to their 3DS.
However, this doesn’t mean that it’s a complete cross-platform account system. At first, it will only combine eShop account balances. However, they did promise more services in the future. Additionally, this system update will add the Wii U Miiverse to 3DS. Also, the 3DS is getting a YouTube app.
I hope this is the first step towards unifying the Nintendo experience. I love my 3DS, and some games can be played on Wii U or 3DS – it would be wonderful if the games could share save data more easily and intuitively. Also, this could open up opportunities for quick and easy cross play similar to what Sony has done with the PSVita and PS4.
Last Updated: November 14, 2013