The Nintendo Network ID system for Wii U may not be exactly what everyone wants, but it's a step in the right direction — and it could be making its way to the 3DS before the year is out.

According to Nintendo Force's Emily Rogers, we'll be hearing some news regarding this within the next six months — along with long-rumoured Hulu support, presumably limited to North America.

Possible benefits could include getting discounts for Virtual Console games purchased on both systems, or perhaps we may even see Nintendo finally upgrade the ID system to the point where you can re-download them to another console, should your original system become lost or stolen.

What are your thoughts about Nintendo Network ID coming to the 3DS? Is it something you're looking forward to, or do you not see the need right now? Post a comment to tell us what you think.