Nintendo unveils digital Network for 3DS, Wii U

Friday, January 27th 2012. | Games News

Nintendo Network logoNintendo will launch a new online service for the 3DS and its upcoming Wii U console that adds support for downloadable content (DLC) and personal accounts.

Company president Satoru Iwata revealed the Nintendo Network during remarks to investors on Friday.

The 3DS racing title Mario Kart 7 will be the first title to feature downloadable content, and will launch in “the near future,” says Iwata.

Along with digital add-on content, the service has been constructed to host digital versions of packaged games, an option Nintendo is also considering for the Network.

The service will feature a personal account system to allow for multiple users of a device and to bolster online communication.

Nintendo did not offer details on when the Network would be available on 3DS or Wii U.

The Nintendo Network is the latest attempt by the company to provide services for video game players on par with Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation Network. Their online service currently hosts smaller downloadable titles, and recently added demos to the 3DS.

With the Wii U, which will launch by the holiday season, Nintendo will add high-definition games as well as a tablet-sized touchscreen controller. Full details on the console are expected at this June’s Electronic Entertainment Expo.

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