WHAT WE'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR...OR ATLEAST A BIT CLOSER
Remember how after a few months of dealing with the insanity and annoyance of the Wii Friend Code system we all hoped and prayed for something MORE Sane, like what XBOX and PS3 had with their respective Online Networks?
Well--after 5+ years--Nintendo has finally answered our prayers.
Starting sometime soon, Nintendo will be launching the NINTENDO NETWORK--an Online Service that will be just like PSN and XBOX Live--offering Online Digital Sales, as well as Competitions and Communication(probably JUST like PSN and XBOX Live).
The service will first be used for content with the 3DS' MARIO KART 7, offering a "Community" Building feature(probably expanding/improving the game's existing Online Play)--and hopefully adding more Online rankings/etc.
In an interview, Satoru Iwata, Nintendo's President stated:
This concept was built into the design of the Nintendo 3DS, and we already have the necessary infrastructure, we will prepare the same unfrastructure for the Wii U. However, we have not decided the concrete timing of when we will start it.
Let's just all agree--the Nintendo Network as part of the Wii U will definitely help push the new console.
Having more Online Gaming features, sans Friend Code insanity, and all the "Achievements"/bonus content we'd be pretty safe to say that Nintendo will make sure every aspect of the Wii U will have improved on Wii by atleast 100-fold--and then some.
And having a TRUE Online Community will be a great boost for Wii U's future.
My only concern about Online Community-style-Online gaming is the whole "HackGate" incident that the PSN suffered last year, which is always a great risk to take into consideration.
Sure, thats just how the times are now--but I'm sure Nintendo will take every bit of potential threats seriously, and make sure the Nintendo Network for both 3DS and Wii U is as secure as it can be.