In today's Corporate Management Policy Briefing, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata commented on a number of topics. A few that hold promise is the move to an account based system, and then using that system to reward customer loyalty.
An account based system is the way to go. I think tying purchases to a console / handheld really turned a lot of people off. This way, users don't have to pay again to get access to the same content if they get rid of the older hardware. It's about time Nintendo.
HOLY CRAP! This is incredibly good news (and about 6 years too late), but for those of us who want to buy legacy Nintendo games but have held back (because of the games being locked to the hardware) now can do it. Hopefully the accounts have "forward compatibility" and I should be able to re-download my Nintendo games on future Nintendo consoles/handhelds.
"Of course, when we do launch new hardware in the future, rather than re-creating an installed base from scratch as we did in the past, we wish to build on our existing connections with our consumers through NNIDs and continue to maintain them.” Sound like it to me. Good things are coming, that's for sure.
YES I knew somewhere deep down Nintendo cared about their fanbase. What REWARDS?! No really though, good move. My friends aren't just a multiple strands of numbers
Smart thinking Nintendo!
Damn what happen to your bubbles ?
damn what happen to your bubbles??, im calling this a conspiracy
It seems that the concept of "Fusion" is more plausible than ever for Nintendo's next gen. cycle.
Could anyone with a 3DS shed some light on this? I haven't purchased Nintendo hardware in over a decade, but I'm planning on getting a 3DS in a week or so because of Zelda Link Between Worlds. Lets say I purchase a digital title like Zelda, and my 3DS eventually gives out and breaks and I need to buy a new one. How do you you re-download Zelda (or even if you delete the game) if it's not tied to an account?
That is the exact problem with the device based system. If your 3DS stops working you have lost the device and the game. There is no way to re-download it to another 3DS even if you sign in with your NNID. This move the article talks about would solve that issue as well as allow for the flexible pricing for customer loyalty. So in addition to being able to reclaim your purchases after a device failure, it may be possible to buy new games at a discount because your account shows you have purchased several titles earlier.
Actually I just thought of something (not too familiar with the 3DS if you haven't noticed haha) since the game downloads onto an SD card, couldn't you just place that SD card into a different 3DS and have the game working again? Or because it's tied to the hardware, the game wont actually work unless it's loaded and launched from what it's tied to? If that's the case, I'll stick to physical copies for my 3DS when I pick it up.
im pretty sure the SD card will format upon entering a different 3DS. dont quote me tho.
Everly is right: that is the current limitation. Although, if your games are registered on Club Nintendo AND you have a NNID, they CAN recover anything registered, but it is a long process.
It's now tied to your NNID and you can do a wireless system transfer at any time, I personally have cycled through 4 3DS XLs as I like to buy the limited edition ones (I still have the ALBW 3DS XL in its unopened box!), the system transfer operation is automated and easy. In case of the system getting completely destroyed, I think you can call Nintendo's customer service and they will help I guess, I've only tried calling their customer care dept once for a foreign eShop card and they were very helpful and quick.
Very smart move. Ninty is adapting.
Forgive me for not staying "up to date" with everything Nintendo but how the fuck did they ever get away with that? (Buying a digital game and having to re buy it again if the console fails) I can't even begin to imagine the $$$ lost if my ps3 fails and id have to re buy all my content. I would be royally pissed. Nintendo whatever they are doing with this new console, need to get their heads out of their ass and get up to date! Up to date with technology up to date with a service that can rival psn and Xbox live if they have any hopes of surviving.
They never really "got away with that". It's been the most wanted OS feature since the Wii U and 3DS came out. Also, Nintendo consoles barely ever fail, so it's never been a problem for me. (my DS, Gameboy, Wii, N64, SNES, and NES all work to this day(they're like Nokias)).
Good news. :)
Until Iwata puts a reasonable time frame on tee things - they mean nothing - thy talk about things thy will do in the future all the time but the follow through could take years or be indefinite if at all
Thank God! I want to buy stuff digitally!
Welcome to 2006, oh wait sorry we have 2014 now.
You'd rather they never do it at all? Actually, i bet you WOULD like that, since you seem so keen on bashing them even after they announce good news like this. Any excuse you can get is good enough, isn't it. Just...go play Knack or something. This is good news and we don't need mood killers like you hanging around.
@wonderful I have a WiiU. Yes it's better late than never, but it just shows how far behind they are with their online. That should have been already done on the Wii where ypu loose your purchases if the console breaks instead of over a year after the WiiU launch.
The Wii launched with what was (at the time) more advanced than any previous competitors console online. Nintendo just didn't realise how many improvements the competition were making with their consoles online, and couldn't patch it into the Wii because the biggest Wii system update they could manage was getting rid of MP3 playing capabilities.
It was really stupid to make the downloads device-based.
Finally.....Its very annoying when my console has a problem and I have no games to play till fixing it. I mean that I have paid for the games that I have installed and I cant play them with the console of my sister....
They can't or won t even tell people when Pokemon bank will be ready - how and when will they get these things done? When will the wi u have a reasonable game library
It's back up in Japan, so it should be coming to the rest of the world in a month or two (or three).
Awesome! I have a reeason to get a external hard drive now. I have a baby that wont stay a baby. So digital is the way to go for me. Most likely never posting on this site again... A lot of negativity. I am a nintendo fan, i dont want to be shamed because of it. I grew up with them and they keep making me happy. Thats really all i want. I dont oppose microsoft or sony, i have owned some of their systems. I never felt like yelling at people through a headset and i never experienced a sudden urge to wear zipper pants. I enjoy games for games. Thats all. Im not angry creepy dork about it. I value sony as a great game company. Microsoft, i am indifferent towards. Nintendo is always going to be an important company that keeps making good games. You dont like them, please dont keep making rotten articles and repeatedly coming back to these ones and saying rotten things. We are all just trying to have fun here. A war in happy fun downtime ville is very very dumb. Its about time you got over yourselves. Again, to keep the peace, please stop being angry mean boners. Thank you. Sincerely, Ethan
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