As the start of a new year gets underway, we always expect to hear tons of interesting rumors and this year is no different. This time around we have a twofer. The latest set of rumors are suggesting that Nintendo’s Wii U will not only possibly have eReader functionality but perhaps a full blown app store.
On the eReader front, the screen on the Wii U’s controller would double as the eReader and users would be able to get full functionality from there. ForgetTheBox cites as anonymous source as saying that Nintendo will offer “books, magazines, newspapers, comics, and other publications” for download to the Wii U. The content will then be streamed to the controller. As far as those “other publications”, we could see long out of print instruction manuals and player guides along with new guides from Prima Games. We could also see the return of the entire back catalogue of Nintendo Power along with several other popular magazines. It also seems that our handheld folks won’t be left out with the Nintendo 3DS apparently receiving the same treatment. It appears as if Nintendo wants to mimic the kind of shared functionality in terms of access to content that we currently see in both the Kindle and iOS ecosystems.
On the other rumor front, we are now also hearing that Nintendo is planning a fullblown app store to accompany their brand new console. This new app store will apparently go significantly further than what users are used to via DSi Shop or Wii Shop Channel. In terms of exactly how payment for apps will occur is not yet known.
The Wii U is expected to be fully detailed and priced at E3 2012 in June, for a release this year. In the meantime, we should get an updated look at the new console next week at CES.