Wii U To Release in 2012 & Nintendo Network Confirmed
Nintendo is gearing up for a 2012 launch of the Wii U platform and they’re including a brand new, much better Nintendo Network along with the system.
Nintendo has confirmed a load of information about the Wii U at a recent press conference, outlining that the ‘final build’ Wii U will be showcased at this year’s E3 Expo, and that the company plans on a release worldwide this holiday season.
President of Nintendo Saturo Iwata said: “[Nintendo] is aiming to firmly complete the development of the entire system and prepare sufficient software so that the Wii U will be at its best at the time of the launch. Needless to say, we have learned a bitter lesson from the launch of the Nintendo 3DS.”
In addition, Nintendo has also confirmed that the Wii U platform will in fact run the brand new Nintendo Network, a branded system that’s easier to use, allows full DLC content and is loads better than the Wii’s platform.
Iwata said: ”Unlike Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, which has been focused upon specific functionalities and concepts, we are aiming to establish a platform where various services available through the network for our consumers shall be connected via Nintendo Network service so that the company can make comprehensive proposals to consumers.”
Plans for the system include your own personal accounts for the Wii U, which allow multiple users per system. In addition the online profiles will no longer be limited to just one system. “We will also be able to construct and offer the [personal account system] by combining a variety of different services and content,” Iwata said.
Nintendo is also looking at possibly selling full retail games through the network for both 3DS and the Wii U. They won’t say when it will start, but the platform already as the ability to integrate this technology. As well as this, Nintendo also plans to offer paid DLC, starting with Square Enix’s Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, allowing players to download new songs.
“As a software maker, Nintendo believes that its packaged software should be sold to our consumers in a form so that the consumers will know in advance that they can enjoy playing the software they purchased just as it is,” Iwata said. “We believe that our consumers will be able to feel more secure if we offer our add-on content as an additional structure in which those who love the game will be able to enjoy it in a deeper way for a prolonged play time.” Iwata wrapped the Nintendo Network segment of his investor presentation with the following statement:
“Whether it’s our first-party titles or third parties’ titles, for a number of games, we will actively attempt to achieve compatibility so that our consumers can enjoy our online services that we will deploy under the name of the Nintendo Network.”
This news will no doubt come as a great joy to loads of Nintendo fans who – let’s face it – have had a sub-par online experience compared to the other major platforms for the past few years. It looks as if the Wii U is in fact going to be a revival of sorts for Nintendo, who hasn’t had the best year.
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