by Josh Hamel
Nintendo has confirmed its plans for the Nintendo Network for the 3DS and upcoming Wii U during an investor’s program that will bring the console maker’s online presence similar to that of the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live.
The publisher’s plan for the new online service include personalized Wii U accounts, full retail games offered through digital distribution and paid downloadable content for the system’s games.
Company president Satoru Iwata claimed Nintendo has the means to distribute full games digitally now, but has to consider its relationship with retail vendors as well issues with SD card capacity.
Iwata pointed out the difference between the new service and the current WiFi Connection Program. “Unlike Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, which has been focused upon specific functionalities and concepts, we are aiming 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,” he said.
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, releasing February 16 in Japan, will be the first title available for the 3DS to support the new service.