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News: Operation Friidom Petitions Nintendo For Greater Control Over Network ID Accounts

Operation Friidom Petitions Nintendo For Greater Control Over Network ID Accounts

You'll never take our Friidom

As we've previously reported, Nintendo Network IDs are tied to a single Wii U console - for the time being, at least. Nintendo has stated that in the future that this will change, but that clearly can't come soon enough for American Nintendo fan Curtis Bonds, who has established a petition to speed things up a little...

News: Nintendo Explains Why Nintendo Land Doesn't Include Online Multiplayer

Nintendo Explains Why Nintendo Land Doesn't Include Online Multiplayer

It's all about encouraging gamers to play together in real life

We're massive fans of Nintendo Land here at Nintendo Life Towers - multiplayer action is rife in Animal Crossing Sweet Day and Luigi's Ghost Mansion, but there are many out there who haven't sampled the wonders of the Wii U's star attraction due to a lack of potential co-players, and...

News: Assassins Creed III, FIFA 13 And Mass Effect 3 All Come Without Online Passes On Wii U

Assassins Creed III, FIFA 13 And Mass Effect 3 All Come Without Online Passes On Wii U

Pre-owned copies will be able to go online without code redemption

In an attempt to stop people buying their games from the pre-owned section, games publishers often slip a code into the packaging of their latest games that will be required should you wish to play online. We already know that Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition does not require...

News: Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition Does Not Require Online Pass

Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition Does Not Require Online Pass

Good news for second-hand buyers

Pre-owned titles are, of course, cheaper than buying a new copy of a game, so it’s easy to see why consumers sometimes decide to choose them instead of paying full-whack price. Of course the publishers of these games aren’t exactly jumping for joy about this, as they receive diddly-squat from the transaction of a...

News: Miiverse Hacked By Mistake, Possible Metal Gear And Yoshi Wii U Games Unearthed

Miiverse Hacked By Mistake, Possible Metal Gear And Yoshi Wii U Games Unearthed

UPDATED: It was only a "mock up" area, says Nintendo

EDIT: As many of you have pointed out, since the publication of this article Nintendo has revealed to GamesIndustry International that the menu accessed by the 'hacker' was in fact a mocked-up test menu and was not linked to the main Miiverse system. Nintendo's official line is as follows: It...

News: Nintendo Network IDs Are Tied To A Single Wii U Console, For Now

Nintendo Network IDs Are Tied To A Single Wii U Console, For Now

Will change "in the future"

When Nintendo confirmed the death of friend codes and the establishment of the Xbox Box Live-style Nintendo Network ID, the community rejoiced. However, it seems that for the time being at least the system isn't going to be anywhere near as flexible as Microsoft and Sony's online equivalents. Nintendo Network IDs are...

News: Nintendo Talks Miiverse, Nintendo Network, And Internet Browser

Nintendo Talks Miiverse, Nintendo Network, And Internet Browser

NoA's Bill Trinen dishes on the Wii U's online functionalities

Last week, Nintendo of Japan hosted a Nintendo Direct, which focused on Miiverse and a variety of online features for Wii U. While Nintendo of America has yet to host its own streamed broadcast on the subject, it's released a new video that showcases Miiverse, Nintendo Network, and the...

News: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Live Streaming Confirmed, But Not on Wii U

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Live Streaming Confirmed, But Not on Wii U

It's "being evaluated for a future update"

Activision has confirmed that Call of Duty: Black Ops II will feature YouTube support to live stream online multiplayer League Play games, with the player's webcam and audio commentary also recorded. Those who pay for the Elite service, meanwhile, will be able to view additional info on players as they...

News: You'll Need To Update Your Wii U To Play Wii Games

You'll Need To Update Your Wii U To Play Wii Games

This update is crucial

We are already aware that you'll need to update your Wii U fresh from the box to include key features such as Miiverse, Tvii, Wii U Chat and eShop. However, another very important feature in this update is Wii functionality. As you will no doubt be aware, the Wii U will have backwards compatibility with Nintendo's previous...

News: Wii U Web Browser Software Specifications Revealed

Wii U Web Browser Software Specifications Revealed

We're caught in Nintendo's web

CVG has revealed a number of details concerning the Wii U's web browser software. According to the report, the Wii U will run a version of NetFront browser (NX v2.1), and will work on both the TV and GamePad screen, as previously demoed. As with most home systems, it will not be possible to download or upload videos...

News: Nintendo Download Shops Offline For Maintenance This Tuesday

Nintendo Download Shops Offline For Maintenance This Tuesday

Could a surprise be in store?

Nintendo has revealed that its online stores will be temporarily offline on Tuesday for scheduled maintenance. The 3DS eShop, DSi Shop and Wii Shop Channel will all be inaccessible from 10:00 PT to "about" 17:00 PT. What's coming? It could be all manner of things. Nintendo could be preparing its online portals for the...

News: GAME Mobile App Suggests That Nintendo ID Is On Its Way

GAME Mobile App Suggests That Nintendo ID Is On Its Way

Sign-in of the times?

It's pretty much a given that Nintendo will create some kind of user ID system on the Wii U console, and we've had further evidence from UK retailer GAME. The company's mobile application for iOS now has a field requesting a "Nintendo ID" - and it's nestled right next to the "PSN" and "XBOX Live Tag" ID fields. Nintendo has...

News: Wii U Web Browser Posts Impressive Benchmark Results

Wii U Web Browser Posts Impressive Benchmark Results

Surf's up

Early benchmark tests have shown that the Wii U's web browser is surprisingly good at handling HTML5 - better than Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10 on PC, in fact. The data posted on HTML5test.com shows the following info: Wii U browser – 323 + 8 Internet Explorer 10 – 320 + 6 Chrome 22 – 434 + 13 Xbox 360 Internet Explorer 9 –...

News: The Wii U Nintendo Network Will Connect to EA's Origin

The Wii U Nintendo Network Will Connect to EA's Origin

So many connections

Although Wii is rapidly fading into a borderline retro status with gamers, do you remember how simple it was to play its small collection of online games on the web? Sure, connection drops were common on the humble hardware and friend codes were a ponderous way to organise things, but a lot of the time you pressed a button and,...

News: Call Of Duty Elite Isn't Coming to Wii U at Launch

Call Of Duty Elite Isn't Coming to Wii U at Launch

Activision confirms that Call of Duty Elite will not ship with Black Ops 2

Wii U's online system still remains a mystery to many developers, as Nintendo continues to remain tight-lipped on how things like Miiverse and the eShop will work. Just yesterday, Activision admitted that it was unsure as to how they will deliver DLC to Wii U players, or...

News: Activision Clueless On How Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Will Work On Wii U

Activision Clueless On How Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Will Work On Wii U

Nintendo's online plans are still a mystery to many third parties

Despite the launch of the Wii U being just one month away, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 publisher Activision has admitted that it still doesn't know how the online side of Nintendo's new console will work, echoing worrying statements from other areas of the industry. To quote

News: Unsure About Wii U's Online Capabilities? Don't Worry, So Are Some Developers

Unsure About Wii U's Online Capabilities? Don't Worry, So Are Some Developers

Tekken Tag 2 producer admits he doesn't fully understand the online side of Wii U

Nintendo has devulged quite a bit of information on its forthcoming Wii U console lately, but the company is still holding some cards close to its chest. The true extent of its online functionality is one of the things that remains a little fuzzy. Don't feel upset,...

News: Nintendo announce Nintendo Network Premium

Nintendo announce Nintendo Network Premium

For those loyal subjects

During today's Japanese Nintendo Direct presentation Nintendo introduced a new dimension to their online offering, called Nintendo Network Premium. It's a loyalty program similar to "PlayStation Plus" offered on PSN. It is believed that this is only available with the Premium Wii U package, which also benefits from 32GB of...