There’s no denying the large success Nintendo has had with their Wii console, the main reason because of the novel way it got gamers to interact more with their games. That success was measured not only by big sales, but how the likes of Microsoft and Sony took the idea and came up with different technologies for their consoles. Having stated that, the tiny white device was a long way behind when it came to an on-line presence, which is why Nintendo is now striving to offer a network for the Wii U.
You will be pleased to know Nintendo looks to be doing a good job and could finally offer a service worthy of competing with Xbox Live and PSN – well in time anyway. A recent investor presentation has revealed the infrastructure is now ready for a Nintendo Network and will only benefit those who decide to buy the upcoming Wii U console.
Having stated that, those with a 3DS will also benefit from the new service, which could help drive up sales. It’s hard to state at this time if the 3DS and Wii U will be able to communicate as well as the PS Vita and PS3 does, even though we are not certain if they have any plans to fully support full game downloads. However, they have now begun to make demo versions of upcoming games available for download.
There has already been a large response by the fans regarding this latest news from Nintendo. One IGN reader has stated this is a blatant copy of another service; while another concurred but stated the features for NN are more like PSN was way back in 2007. We did find it funny how they stated by the time it’s on par with what the PlayStation Network currently has to offer we will be playing on a PS5. This is a tiny over the top, while the upcoming service will be lacking in terms of features we have seen time and again how Nintendo can come out fighting and adapt.
Just hitting on the comment of one guy suggesting Nintendo is copying rivals, what about how they have copied the rumble controller from the N64 and the motion controller used on the current Wii console?
On the subject of the Wii U console, there have been suggestions the screen on the touchscreen controller could have been upgraded to support NFC. While the screen is unable to support this in its current form, an article here suggests it could happen and if it does then gamers could interact with a game far more than they do now. An example of this is taking a Pokemon figurine and placing it on the screen of the Wii U controller, this would then grant that character to appear in the game on your main display.
While this is all speculation, it shows the potential of Nintendo’s new console, which is due for launch later this year. There is a fear the release could not go well, but the Japanese console maker is determined not to make the same mistakes as they did with the launch of the 3DS.
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