Nintendo reveals Nintendo Network
posted on 01.26.12 at 09:29 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Release date unknown.

Nintendo will launch its own online service for 3DS and Wii U, it announced during its third quarter financial results.

Dubbed the “Nintendo Network,” it aims “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.” This includes “competitions and communication among users” and digital content sales, with “digital distribution of packaged software” being a possibility. The 3DS already has the “necessary infrastructure” for this. The “same infrastructure” is being prepared for Wii U. Wii U will also make use of “personal accounts” (akin to PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE, we’re assuming).

As of yet, Nintendo has not yet decided when it will launch Nintendo Network.

  • Kougeru

    As long as the online gaming is free like on PC and ps3

  • gold163

    fuckin’ finally. Even if they do screw up along the way it’s a start.

  • hush404

    Wow. About fucking time. Welcome to 2006, Nintendo.

    • Skelter

      @hush404: this was actually “genuinely” funny lol

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      @hush404: This just in: Nintendo feels that there is a slight possibility that High Def TV’s and High Speed internet will become somewhat popular in future years.

  • howardmoonish

    I would love something like this for 3DS.

  • Zohar127

    Not to sound like a broken record, but yeah…

    ’bout damn time.

  • http://www.espadakiller.wordpress.com EspadaKiller

    About damn time Nintendo!

  • King-Optimus_777

    how long did it take them to come up with that name cough “playstation network”

  • RyoonZ

    Free Online and some sort of achievement thanks

  • http://gearsjourney.blogspot.com Acidicsam

    Better late than never!

    I’m still hoping for achievements. I know Nintendo doesn’t like them, but I feel they really are a good incentive for some to continue playing a game they normally wouldn’t play.

  • Zero

    Well, this is a step in the right direction.

  • lordshihan

    Wow… Ripoff.

  • Skelter

    Nintendo….I assure you that your console would earn its rightful spot next to my PS3 if you release an HD Fzero. Back to the topic…..if they’re gonna implement network gameplay then to my own surprise (as old as I am) I’d be curious to see an HD pokemon game online lol. I Mean PBR was aight…..but not like Stadium

  • rockman29

    Things like this really make me think it’s actually the end of the world.