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Nintendo Network and Miiverse coming to 3DS

Nintendo Network and Miiverse coming to 3DS

Wed 13 Nov 2013 9:24pm GMT / 4:24pm EST / 1:24pm PST
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The December 3DS update brings the portable closer to the Wii U

Nintendo has announced that the December system update for the Nintendo 3DS will let owners merge their Nintendo eShop accounts on the Wii U and 3DS. The company revealed the new feature during today's Nintendo Direct.

Once users have updated, they have to register their Nintendo Network ID on 3DS, which will combine their eShop balances and purchases. Users without a Wii U can also create a Nintendo Network ID for the first time on 3DS. Only one Nintendo Network ID can be registered to each 3DS, and you cannot register your NNID on multiple 3DS systems.

The update will also bring the popular Miiverse social network to 3DS. On Miiverse, users can shared screenshots and drawings with others in game-specific communities.

6 Comments

Andrew Watson
Programmer

92 199 2.2
Finally an account system for the 3DS' eshop. I hope they'll make it possible to redownload games you bought on a different 3DS in case you lose your original one.

Also miiverse means you can finally take screenshots!

Posted:8 months ago

#1

Jed Ashforth
Senior Game Designer, Immersive Technology Group

101 155 1.5
The 1 3DS per NNI may be short sighted - I know plenty of parents with multiple kids and multiple 3DS units in the house.

Posted:8 months ago

#2

Steven Hodgson
Programmer

77 120 1.6
About time

Posted:8 months ago

#3

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

1,007 1,395 1.4
This took way too long, but I'm glad it's here. Miiverse is great, and having one account on the eShop will certainly benefit me as an owner of both devices.

Posted:8 months ago

#4

Jim Webb
Executive Editor/Community Director

2,232 2,161 1.0
Finally. This should have launched day and ate with the Wii U.

Jed, there is so much stuff in games and various system services that are tied to the system account that it would be very difficult to enable multiple accounts. I believe even the Vita is somewhat tied to one account (unless you reset it). I know families often share a portable but they are intended to be personal rather than shared by design....you know, to get more hardware sales.

Posted:8 months ago

#5

Christian Keichel
Journalist

559 772 1.4
The 1 3DS per NNI may be short sighted - I know plenty of parents with multiple kids and multiple 3DS units in the house.
Why short sighted? That's the whole idea, Nintendo doesn't want the eShop games to be played on multiple consoles at the same time. The 3DS works fine without any connection to the Internet, which would mean every eShop game could be downloaded on an unlimited number of devices, and be played on this unlimited number of devices, as long as they stay offline after downloading.

Posted:8 months ago

#6

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