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LordTendoboy

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http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/library/events/120127/04.html

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Iwata wrote:

Already by now, the Wii U is known for its new controller with a screen, among other features. For this controller, please be advised that we have decided to install a NFC function.

As many of you know, NFC is the acronym for Near Field Communication, which is a set of standards to establish radio communication in close proximity. The NFC I’m referring to here is the noncontact NFC standard that is compatible with FeliCa and MIFARE, and is expected to be widely used around the world in the near future.

By installing this functionality, it will become possible to create cards and figurines that can electronically read and write data via noncontact NFC and to expand the new play format in the video game world. Adoption of this functionality will enable various other possibilities such as using it as a means of making micropayments.

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As the final topic of today, I’d like to spend a little time talking about the new network service from Nintendo, which has something to do with the subject of micropayments using NFC that I have just mentioned.

As those of you who have enjoyed playing “Mario Kart 7” that we launched late last year should know, its online competition mode includes the system called “Communities.” Each player can create his or her own online “Community” and decide the rules and conditions of the races to be conducted there, and anyone who enters the designated “Community number,” can join to enjoy the matches there. With that system, the company is offering a new kind of network service, which is different from the network services Nintendo has been offering under the name of Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

For “Mario Kart 7,” we have already started using as the name of this new network service ... “Nintendo Network” Service.

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The Nintendo Network service is our network platform which will cover the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U.

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.

For example, competitions and communication among users, as well as the sales of digital content, will be covered within the Nintendo Network.

So Nintendo Network is more than a re-branding of Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, it's a complete network platform that will offer full services (like Xbox Live and PSN).

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For the digital sales of the content, we are also considering the future possibility of digital distribution of packaged software, which is often referred to as “software download sales.” This concept was built into the design of the Nintendo 3DS, and we already have the necessary infrastructure. We will prepare the same infrastructure for the Wii U. However, we have not decided the concrete timing of when we will start it. The decision must be made by taking into consideration such factors as the relationship with the wholesalers and retailers, and the best way to be embraced by consumers, as well as the environment surrounding the market and consumers, such as the required memory capacity on consumers’ SD memory cards. However, as an option for the future, the significance of this business field will increase.

Also for the Wii U, we are planning to introduce a personal account system compatible with Nintendo Network. With this, for example, the ease of using a video game system when the hardware is shared by multiple family members, which has been a challenge we needed to tackle, shall be improved, and we will also be able to construct and offer the system by combining a variety of different services and content.

PERSONAL ACCOUNTS CONFIRMED!

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Hokori

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Nintendo Network looks cool from the sound of that Rhythm Final Fantasy Game

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SCORE! :)

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Preparing for the Digital Distribution of Packaged Software
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NintendoFan_27 wrote:

SCORE! :)

I know, I'm so happy that Nintendo is improving their online services to become more competitive with Xbox Live and PSN. Nintendo Network sounds like a dream come true, and hopefully they keep the "one friend code per system" thing they have with the 3DS (or get rid of them altogether).

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Nintendo Network? User accounts like PS3 and 360? Yes.

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Faron

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So... Nintendo is basically just doing the same thing others been doing for years. Great. I also don't quite understand that NFC- thingy.

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LordTendoboy

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I wonder if new copies of Mario Kart 7 will have the Nintendo Network logo on them?

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Editing that entire first post made me feel like I was working on a website... ;)

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I wonder if there will be a way to transfer your Card copies into digital form

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I like the logo. Exciting stuff 'round the corner~

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Darkrai wrote:

I wonder if there will be a way to transfer your Card copies into digital form

Card copies?

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I just saw a comment on an article of this on IGN... It said: "Welcome to 2006, Big N". Well, to whoever that was... better late than never. :)


@LordTendoboy It could happen. But they can't change any of the features since that would be unfair to people who bought the previous batch of copies. It says "Connecting to Nintendo Network" on the JP and EU versions of the game. In NA, it only says "Connecting to the Internet". :| Very exciting message going online... :D

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Hard copies*

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LordTendoboy wrote:

Darkrai wrote:

I wonder if there will be a way to transfer your Card copies into digital form

Card copies?

unless im seeing this wrong didnt it say we'd get DL versions of 3DS games? or no

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NintendoFan_27 wrote:

I just saw a comment on an article of this on IGN... It said: "Welcome to 2006, Big N". Well, to whoever that was... better late than never. :)


@LordTendoboy It could happen. But they can't change any of the features since that would be unfair to people who bought the previous batch of copies. It says "Connecting to Nintendo Network" on the JP and EU versions of the game. In NA, it only says "Connecting to the Internet". :| Very exciting message going online... :D

Hmm... Well Iwata and Reggie will reveal all we need to know at E3 (hopefully sooner, but I doubt it).

I am so hyped for E3. I can't wait to see if Microsoft unveils the next Xbox and Kinect 2.0, what Sony's plans are for the PS3 and Vita, and Nintendo's full reveal of the Wii U. It's going to be amazing.

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Darkrai wrote:

LordTendoboy wrote:

Darkrai wrote:

I wonder if there will be a way to transfer your Card copies into digital form

Card copies?

unless im seeing this wrong didnt it say we'd get DL versions of 3DS games? or no

Oh yeah, but why would you download the digital version if you already own the cartridge?

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LordTendoboy wrote:

Darkrai wrote:

LordTendoboy wrote:

Darkrai wrote:

I wonder if there will be a way to transfer your Card copies into digital form

Card copies?

unless im seeing this wrong didnt it say we'd get DL versions of 3DS games? or no

Oh yeah, but why would you download the digital version if you already own the cartridge?

easier to carry, and I feel that there could be a way to transfer from your 3DS Card to turn it Digital

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I really hope Nintendo decides to link our Club Nintendo accounts with our Nintendo Network accounts. It would make keeping track of purchases and downloads so much easier, especially if you have your console replaced.

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easier to carry, and I feel that there could be a way to transfer from your 3DS Card to turn it Digital

I know Sony has plans for that with the Vita, but you just download the digital version from PSN for a small fee. :(

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