In the aftermath of today’s big announcement that Nintendo will be releasing an update to incorporate Miiverse and Nintendo Network IDs on the 3DS, Nintendo UK has announced that after 3DS users register a Nintendo Network ID, they will be unable to change their system’s region. In addition to this, users will be unable to use multiple currencies in the Nintendo eShop. Any currency that does not correspond to the country that your system is registered in will be deleted and no longer usable on your 3DS, so Nintendo encourages you to use up these funds beforehand. Some already believe Nintendo has taken region-blocking to the extreme. What do you think about these new limitations?
After registering a Nintendo Network ID, you will be unable to change regions and use multiple currencies – for instance, pounds and euros – in Nintendo eShop. The funds in the currency that corresponds to the country setting of your Nintendo Network ID will remain, and any funds in other currencies will be deleted and no longer usable. Please make sure to use up any other currencies before registering a Nintendo Network ID to your Nintendo 3DS system.
Nintendo of America has confirmed that a new Nintendo 3DS 3DS system update supports Nintendo Network IDs and lets users combine WiiU and 3DS eShop balances. The new Nintendo 3DS system update also adds support for Miiverse on 3DS. Nintendo of America has yet to say when the update will be going live.
A December system update will allow users to register their Nintendo Network ID for Wii U on their Nintendo 3DS systems and combine Nintendo eShop account balances. This will enable them to purchase Wii U software using the remaining balance on their Nintendo 3DS eShop accounts, and vice versa. Nintendo 3DS owners who do not own a Wii U system can also create their own Nintendo Network ID for the first time. This system update will also mark the beginning of Miiverse support on Nintendo 3DS. With a Nintendo Network ID, users will be able to connect with other players around the world to share their experiences and game tips through Miiverse on Nintendo 3DS.
In addition to the ability to play Wii games on the Wii U Gamepad, the latest Wii U firmware update includes a host of new features for Nintendo fans. At approximately 700MB, the update takes a significant amount of time to download, but comes with a number of improvements, including several Internet Browser updates, as well as the ability to plug a headset into the gamepad for chats. Here is a list of the major new features of the latest update:
- Wii-only software can be played on the Wii U gamepad with the use of a Wii remote
- Trial software (including demos) can be automatically received from Nintendo
- USB keyboard support
- Smartphones and other devices can be used to manage Nintendo Network ID
- Dolby Pro Logic II supported by Wii software
- View friends list from the Wii U menu
- A headset can be connected to the Wii U gamepad and used for chats
- Several updates to Internet Browser, including saving passwords and capturing images from games
- .pdf files can be read from the Wii U
Marty from Miiverse has explained on the Wii U social network that the Nintendo Network and Miiverse will be experiencing server maintenance from 4 pm on Monday 30th September to 1 am on Tuesday, October 1st. Whether this has anything to do with the Wii U system update remains to be seen. Yesterday, Nintendo Force writer Emily Rogers stated that the Wii U system update is coming sooner than we think. Fingers crossed, eh?
Thanks, Arnaud and Anubis
UPDATE: We now have access to a better quality image, pictured above.
A low-resolution image of the official Super Mario 3D World box art has apparently leaked. The box shows all four playable characters in both their normal attire and while wearing the game’s signature cat suits. Speculation is brewing about the fact that the box art includes the Nintendo Network logo in the upper right, especially since it was recently announced that the game would not include online multiplayer.
Several fake versions of the 3D World box art have recently popped up on the internet, but Nintendo has yet to make an official announcement with a high resolution image. However, at the same time as their announcement for Nintendo 2DS and the Wii U price drop, Nintendo did give Super Mario 3D World an official release date of November 22nd, and the standard price tag of 59.99.
Emily Rogers, one of the writers for Nintendo Force magazine, has heard rumours that Nintendo may be integrating Nintendo Network ID account systems for the Nintendo 3DS. Rogers also says that she has been informed that on-demand streaming video site Hulu will also be coming to the Nintendo 3DS. Both of these things are expected to be announced sometime later this year.
“Should hear about 3DS NNID account system before end of this year. Hulu coming to 3DS this year.”
Nintendo has announced that its online network will be disrupted due to another emergency maintenance update. Games that will be affected include Pokemon Black & White and Pokemon Black & White 2, along with Wii U matchmaking and rankings. The services will be affected from Monday, February 25th till Tuesday February 26th. Here’s the maintenance window for the following services and titles.
From Monday, February 25, 2013 11:00 PM
- Tuesday, February 26, 2013 5:00 PM Pacific Time
- Nintendo DS
- Network Services
- Pokémon Black Version
- Pokémon White Version
- Pokémon Black Version 2
- Pokémon White Version 2
From Monday, February 25, 2013 4:00 PM
- Monday, February 25, 2013 5:00 PM Pacific Time
- Wii U
- Match Making, Ranking, etc.
- NINJA GAIDEN™ 3: Razor’s Edge
- WARRIORS OROCHI® 3 Hyper
The Nintendo Network ID of NeoGAF member suikodan was apparently deleted, because his or her young niece posted a drawing onto his or her Miiverse account. Because the niece wanted to get credit for her drawing, she asked suikodan to specify the drawing was made by her, a 10-year-old.
Apparently, after Miiverse moderators saw the girl’s post, suikodan’s Nintendo Network ID was deleted, as “children need parental consent to create an account online.” After the incident, the NeoGAF member explained what had happened to a Nintendo representative, who assured that he or she will be able to re-download games that were previously purchased in the Nintendo eShop via that account.
There has been quite a bit of confusion regarding Nintendo Network ID’s being tied to one specific console. The only way to move your Nintendo Network ID to another console is to contact Nintendo of America who have a transfer tool which allows your account to be moved if your original system is broken. One Wii U owner sent his faulty Wii U console back to Amazon for a replacement and soon realised that he couldn’t get his Nintendo Network ID back. Here’s what Nintendo of America told online gaming publication Kotaku.
“Nintendo of America’s repair process includes the transferring of the Nintendo Network ID to a new Wii U console if a replacement system is needed,”
Wii U doesn’t hit Japan until Saturday, but Japanese resident and Sony Computer Entertainment executive Shuhei Yoshida imported a U.S. version of the newest console by Nintendo. Yoshida revealed via Twitter today that his Nintendo Network ID is ShuYoshida, so follow him on Miiverse.