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LordTendoboy

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I originally found this news at GoNintendo, but here's the original source:

http://www.forgetthebox.net/mag/culture/forum-m/nintendo-e-re...

Nintendo Set To Enter Realm of e-Readers
By Mike Gwilliam on January 2, 2012 – 3:27 pm 2 Comments

With such a crazy New Year, the last thing I expected to hear was anything about the Wii U. My good friend in Los Angeles who works for a software developer claims Nintendo approached them and offered them assistance in porting and publishing some software from iOS to the Wii U so it can be played on the Wii U’s touchscreen controller. Due to non-disclosure agreements, I can’t get into full details of what was discussed because it would reveal my source.

Strangely, it wasn’t him talking about games that grabbed my interest. It was hearing that Nintendo is planning to launch a digital e-reader type service where you can download books, magazines, newspapers, comics, and other publications to your Wii U console. These publications would stream to your Wii U controller’s touchscreen, and you could go lay in your bed or couch and read them. The touch screen would be used to flip through pages of an e-book or magazine, and there would even be a searchable index.

My source also told me that people with a 3DS will share the Wii U’s e-reader service, and it will be able to download books, magazines, newspapers, and comic books too. You can zoom in and out of text and graphics. Nintendo wants Wii U and 3DS to share certain services the same way Iphone/Ipad share services.

Nintendo has also talked about possibly making electronic versions of their official strategy guides which were called “Players Guides” available for download for virtual console games. Most of these official player guides are no longer in print, and the games are old, which is why Nintendo is thinking of making these official player guides available for free to gamers. While you play a game like Super Mario World on your television, you could flip through a free official Nintendo players guide on the Wii U controller’s touchscreen. Nintendo might also let Prima games, who is their official partner for strategy guides, make strategy guides available for modern or future released games. But the Prima official strategy guides will cost money unlike the Nintendo official strategy guides.

Also, Nintendo is looking into having electronic instruction booklets made available for virtual console games that you download. These would be electronic versions of the instruction booklets that would be packaged into older SNES or N64 games, and you could flip through them on your Wii U controller.

Nintendo is actively seeking publishers to bring electronic versions of popular magazines to the Wii U in the future. A wide variety of these magazines are related to sports, politics, technology, entertainment, celebrities, music, cooking, and fashion. If you already have a subscription to a specific magazine, the Wii U has the ability to automatically download the latest issue as soon as it’s available even if the system is turned off and you’re asleep.

After hearing about this, it made me wonder if we could ever see Time Magazine, Sports Illustrated, or Maxim on the Wii U controller’s touchscreen.

Another interesting part of this story is that Nintendo is interested in making every single issue of Nintendo Power (from 1988 to currently) available for download to be read on the Wii U’s touchscreen controller. Nintendo Power has a pretty large archive of issues that would give gamers a huge nostalgia trip. I have not heard how Nintendo plans to price books, magazines, or newspapers.

The common thing I’m hearing from those in the industry is that the Wii U will be more focused on services. Nintendo wants Wii U to be used by everyone in the family, and that means creating useful services for non gamers. I think it will be interesting to see how companies such as Amazon and Apple will respond to Nintendo trying to take a bite out of the e-book market.

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This will be something to see

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i hope its true

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misswliu81

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make it happen i'd say

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TrumpeterBuizel

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If it's true, DO WANT. I'm not much into reading, but strategy guides and back issues of NP would be quite interesting.

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luisesteban

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The wiiU controller would give us a lot of possibilities, and the multiple services that we can get from it, isn't bound to the gaming experience. The ereader function sounds a lot of cool capability.

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shingi_70

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But I have a Kindle.

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Retro_on_theGo

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This would be so awesome!
Scott Pilgrim, possibly, on my 3DS and Nintendo Power all the way back from 1988 on my WiiU controller?
DO IT Nintendo!!

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bro2dragons

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Who says you can't teach an old company new tricks? Or, well, old tricks that it didn't know before...

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shingi_70

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Bro2dragons Haven't seen you in a while for a long time.

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I'm around. I find myself lurking more and more these days and posting less and less, but I try to pop in every now and again. 'Preciate the shout out, though. :D

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kkslider5552000

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well it's good to see Nintendo finally starting to GET online. If this alone is what convinces you to get a Wii U instead of games, you should still feel bad, but it's good to see Nintendo catching up finally.

also, i don't care how popular they are, my immediate thought about anything called an e-reader is that silly GBA thing with the cards. :V

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My friend's uncle told my other friend that Nintendo Wii U will make bacon

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bro2dragons

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My friend's uncle told my other friend that Nintendo Wii U will make bacon

No, that's the 360. You simply lay the bacon on it and fire up FFXIII and by the time it tells you to switch disks, BAM, crispy bacon. The bacon's pretty good, but it gets expensive, seeing as how it's a single-use bacon-fryer.

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bro2dragons wrote:

lz20XX wrote:

My friend's uncle told my other friend that Nintendo Wii U will make bacon

No, that's the 360. You simply lay the bacon on it and fire up FFXIII and by the time it tells you to switch disks, BAM, crispy bacon. The bacon's pretty good, but it gets expensive, seeing as how it's a single-use bacon-fryer.

You misunderstand me. The Wii U MAKES bacon ;)

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kkslider5552000

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it's worth it, considering eating bacon is in fact more complicated then Final Fantasy XIII

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HitomisGuy

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Okay, if this happens. That's awesome then! xD Never complaining for more content for 3DS and features. The Wii and 3ds will def hold me down til Wii U :P

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rayword45

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The title made me think of another card reader for 3DS.

I wouldn't mind to see a return of that, albeit hoping for less retro and more new content.

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Aqueous wrote:

This will be something to see

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LordTendoboy

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kkslider5552000 wrote:

well it's good to see Nintendo finally starting to GET online. If this alone is what convinces you to get a Wii U instead of games, you should still feel bad, but it's good to see Nintendo catching up finally.

also, i don't care how popular they are, my immediate thought about anything called an e-reader is that silly GBA thing with the cards. :V

How does Nintendo providing digital books prove that they get online gaming?

Seriously, it's getting ridiculous what people expect from these companies. Nintendo is a video game company, that's what they know best. People expect them to compete with Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Google, etc. in areas they have no use being in. It's like Ford trying to compete with Boeing by building their own airplanes (ridiculous example, but it still fits).

These companies don't have unlimited resources, they can't do everything at once.

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