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Nintendo Bringing Unified Accounts to the Wii U?

When the console officially launched in November 2012, we were pleased to see that we could create Nintendo IDs, identifiers that saved us from the horrid friend code system seen on the original Wii. However, although the Wii U had identifiers under their new service, Nintendo Network, many were appalled that these “accounts” were still tethered to the hardware and not dedicated servers as most had hoped. Though disappointed, many fans have hope that Nintendo is preparing us for what may possibly be what we’ve been waiting for.

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gamer421091d ago

Well nintendo confirmed that they're planning to allow users to purchase things from the eshop from your PC/smartphone by the end of the year.

So this could mean a unified eshop rather than unified accounts. Hopefully We do get unified accounts by the end of the year.

CandidaMHok1091d ago SpamShow
3-4-51091d ago

With unified accounts could we play Wii U eshop games like SNES & GBA games on the 3DS via the wii U's eshop?

gamer421090d ago

Yes, since the games would be attached to your account you could download a VC game for both devices. But only if nintendo would allow they could charge a fee if they wanted, but I hope they wouldn't.

RaikRhythm1091d ago

I really hope this happens. I want to start buying my stuff digitally; it'll free up space on my shelves. This is the only thing holding me back in doing so on Nintendo consoles.

fsfsxii1091d ago

Really a wweird reason with all due respect.
You must live in a cardboard box

CBaoth1091d ago

I have yet to purchase ANYTHING digitally for either my 3DS or WiiU because of this exact reason. No unified account no buy. It's nice on any other device I own to have the ability to uninstall an IP, and reinstall it down the road to replay it as I see fit. Some games, usually bought during Steam sales, haven't been installed at all.

Point is, just like Microsoft tried to do, Nintendo is taking a physical retail approach to digital content; while reaping the benefits and giving consumers nothing in exchange.

RaikRhythm1091d ago (Edited 1091d ago )

I don't like that fact that circumstances beyond my control could make me lose all of my save data and the money I poured into digital purchases.

If I got a Vita and it was then stolen, that would be a pain but my save file and purchases would be recoverable because all my stuff would be saved to the PSN, not to the console itself. I'd have to buy another Vita, but at least I'd get all my stuff back.

If my 3DS is stolen... It's all gone. All of it.

Canary1091d ago

They said they were going to do this months/years ago. I'll believe it when I see it.

There was also that rumor about the Unified Accounts being tied to software purchases, but they shot that out of the water pretty quickly because NOT tying digital purchases to hardware is just too radical a concept for Nintendo.

*sigh*

vakarian751091d ago

Years is not possible seeing as how the Wii U came out in November of last year.

Summons751091d ago

except the your purchases on the eshop ARE tied to your account and can be downloaded on any system. Hence why you'll be able to buy anything off the eshop for any system or pc then download it later when the unified accounts activate which should probably be soon since the eshop on wiiu already has 3ds games on it but you can't purchase them yet.

Making unified accounts takes time, especially when one system with an outdated online has been out a lot longer than the new one with the better online.

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HexxedAvenger1091d ago

I sure do hope they do this. This is honestly what is stopping me from getting games digitally. There are just some games worth keeping forever lol. Smash Bros, Pokemon, Mario kart.

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