Nintendo to implement unified accounts

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Not too long ago, I speculated that Nintendo might actually get its online act together with the Wii U. They’re appeasing, and appealing to core gamers this time around – and the only way to keep that particular userbase these days (it seems) is through online multiplayer. showing that the company is at least thinking forward (well, thinking at least) they’ve confirmed that the Wii U and the 3Ds will share a unified online system.

"A unified account system will be implemented later this year with the launch of the Wii U. Eventually this same account system will be made compatible with Nintendo 3DS systems," Nintendo’s David Marshall in a customer e-mail.

This would put the system at least on a similar footing to the interoperability to Sony’s console and handled, which utilise the same online service; PSN…or SEN if you like (not that that rebranding’s stuck).

Recently, Nintendo’s confirmed that its online system like PSN) would remain largely free – though “deeper” online systems could require a subscription of sorts – leading many to assume that the system will be home to an MMO or two. As far as consoles go, thanks to the tablet, it’s probably the ideal place for ‘em.

Last Updated: July 9, 2012

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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