Nintendo Accounts

Nintendo just recently wrapped up its investors strategy briefing and revealed a large amount of information regarding the near future for the company, most notably its new membership program and its first smart device release. As we noted earlier, the new "Nintendo Accounts" will utilize a cloud based data service to exchange game data between mobile and console games, but it seems that there will be far more to it.

For one thing, Nintendo wants to make it easier for users to create and use these accounts, so users will be able to register with their Nintendo Network ID, Facebook, Twitter, Google, email, and possibly many more. There will be a shared friend list between mobile and consoles and users will be able to make purchases and view other game related data directly from the website.

On top of this, there will be a new point system for playing or buying games that can be used on both digital goods and physical goods, but the big news is that you'll be able to earn points just by using and playing games. Perhaps this is an indication of some sort of achievement system on the way, but at this point it's unclear.

Additionally, Nintendo Accounts will be usable in some capacity with theme parks, movie theaters, and stores. Nintendo has stated in the past its intent to license its IP in newer ways, so perhaps we'll soon be seeing a real Nintendo Land or some Nintendo franchises on the silver screen.

Lots to be excited about here and with Nintendo's announcement that there's a Nintendo Direct on the way, we'll likely be receiving a lot more details in the near future. At any rate, Nintendo accounts will be starting up in March 2016 to coincide with the release of Miitomo.

What do you think? Is this the unified account system that fans have been begging for? What do you think Nintendo means when it mentions theme parks and theaters? Drop us a comment in the section below.