Nintendo’s Unified Account System, Nintendo Account, to Open Feb. 17, 2016

Last night we reported on Nintendo’s Japanese slides from their Shareholder’s meeting, specifically that Miitomo and My Nintendo plan to launch in March 2016. However, in the set of today’s translated slides (seen below), a note was added clarifying that Nintendo’s new unified account system, Nintendo Account, will begin registration worldwide on February 17, 2016.

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Neonridr1622d ago

Hooray. A unified account.

FallenAngel19841622d ago

Does this mean consumers will finally not have all their digital content locked to hardware anymore?

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )

it never was after the big update that happened a over year ago.
It the account that was locked to the system. Your downloads are tied to your accounts.

So because you download are tied to your accounts but your accounts are tied to the system. It seems locked but it not.


So how does that work if I go with it and buy another Wii U will I be able to move my games over to it and keep them on the original Wii u like I can do with an Xbox or Playstation

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1621d ago

As of now you unlink account from the current Wii U and if you have both then register that one to the new one.

Make sure you have the external hardrive if you used one if transferring.

As I stated of above your account is locked to your system so it can only be on one wit the games.

deafdani1621d ago

It's almost the same has having the content locked to the hardware. This only works if you want to move content from one Wii U to another.

But if your Wii U gets stolen... you have to deal with Nintendo to beg them to help you. I would know, that's what happened to me when my launch Wii U got stolen. It was extremely cumbersome, to put it mildly.

And forget about selling your Wii U for whatever reason, then down the road buying a new one and getting back your old digital stuff.

Nope. That update you talk about still doesn't solve the issue at hand. Digital content is still, for all intents and purposes, locked to the hardware, because the account it's tied on is, in fact, locked to the hardware. It's bullshit.

Microsoft, Sony, Apple, Steam and Google... all of them do it how it should be done. It's long due for Nintendo to catch up to them in that area.

wonderfulmonkeyman1621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )

The route it takes may be slightly different, but for all intents and purposes, the result is the same; the update back then didn't link purchases to a non-system-tethered account that you can access from a new system if your old one is lost, stolen, damaged, etc.

A problem which this My Nintendo thing should hopefully solve.

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FallenAngel19841621d ago

So transitively speaking, digital content is still in a way locked to hardware.

Will this unified account system from Nintendo allow you to access your account and all your digital content on other Nintendo platforms?

Sly-Lupin1620d ago

That's the question.

Gotta love though how many people completely fail to understand that if A=B and B=C, then A also =C.

Which was exactly what my face looked like reading that.

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wonderfulmonkeyman1621d ago

Cool, they'll let me sign up on my birth month.

A bit later than my birthday, which is the 4th, but hey; better late than never.XD

Heyxyz1621d ago

Happy Birthday!! Hopefully you had a good one.

deafdani1621d ago

Welp, allow me to congratulate you, then. Happy birthday!


wonderfulmonkeyman1621d ago

Naww, thanks guys. 32's a depressing number, but well-wishes helps take away the sting.XD

deafdani1620d ago

Shut up, man. I'm turning 34 this year. Lol.

BrandanT1620d ago

I'm losing my childhood this year. Turning 18.

Philface1620d ago

Happy birthday Monkeyman.

MasterCornholio1620d ago

Feliz cumpleaños
Happy birthday


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