Nintendo has always been behind in the online sector of gaming, with their slow transition to even an account system with the Nintendo Network ID. However, with the NX on the horizon and their move to some mobile games, Nintendo has revealed not only a new network system, but how it will work in tandem with the successor to Club Nintendo known as My Nintendo.
Nintendo held their investor meetings last night and in that came a lot of information about the future of Nintendo. First of all, they revealed the brand new account system that is simply named Nintendo Account.
Replacing the existing friend codes and Nintendo Network, Nintendo Account will work across numerous platforms, including consoles, handhelds, mobile, and even PC. This will allow you to purchase games from PC and such, which is a big deal.
They also revealed that they will be introducing cloud saves as well, though it sounds like their first goal is to carry across character data, which sounds like with Miis. Hopefully this will lead to game save data as well, rather than being linked to a system, and maybe even cross-buy eventually as well.
Working together with Nintendo Account will be the successor to Club Nintendo, My Nintendo. My Nintendo will in reward you with points based on the purchasing and the playing of games, which you can then use on digital content like games and DLC, exclusive physical content, and even coupons for full retail games as well.
The future is certainly sounding bright for Nintendo and their network. We can only hope the NX integrates all of this well and we see a true modern console from Nintendo this time around.
The first Nintendo mobile game was originally said to be arriving sometime in 2015, but just like the Nintendo Account and My Nintendo will be launching in March, so I’m sure we’ll hear more details in the coming months.