Nintendo Pulls Back on ‘Unified Account’ Talk
A little while back we reported a quote from a Nintendo Customer Support Rep who, at the time, confirmed that Wii U and 3DS would have a ‘unified account’ across the two systems. We didn’t really know what that meant and could only speculate on what he was talking about. Today Charlie Scibetta, Sr. Director of Corporate Communications for Nintendo, said they haven’t confirmed and can’t talk about any sort of unified accounts.
“Nintendo has already announced the Nintendo Network as a unified ‘network platform’ that delivers current and future online services to the Nintendo 3DS system and the upcoming Wii U console. These services include, but are not limited to, multiplayer online game play [sic] and the ability to download both add-on content and full games that are also available as packaged software. Further details on these services will be revealed at a later date. However, there is no current announcement concerning a unified online “account system” between Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, which suggests payment implications that Nintendo is not ready to confirm at this time. We hope this clarifies any misunderstanding.”
So, is this a case of information getting about before Nintendo was ready to talk about it? Are we going to see another instance of each system having a separate wallet where money is stored? Nintendo seems to be heading in the right direction when it comes to their online services. I really hope this is just a case of the info getting out before it was supposed to be.