The Nintendo Direct conferences have been a great source of information from the Japanese gaming giant over the last couple of years, and this week’s event was no different. 3DS news was the order of the day on the most recent Nintendo Direct, and it shared the much-anticipated news that Miiverse is heading to the handheld console.
After the update, users can 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 is great news as buying separate points for the two Nintendo systems always felt counter-intuitive.
This system update will also mark the beginning of Miiverse support on Nintendo 3DS. With a Nintendo Network ID and a wireless Internet connection, users will be able to connect with players around the world to share their experiences and game tips through Miiverse on Nintendo 3DS. This is a much anticipated addition to the 3DS system software, and should hopefully enable increased connectivity between the two elements of the Nintendo eco-system. Now if we could only have a Nintendo online account where purchases are stored and remembered across multiple devices then we really will be cooking on gas!
In other 3DS news shared during the conference, YouTube is heading to the system later this month although it is unknown whether it will support exclusive 3D video content. The new Kirby game now has a name – Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Bravely Default Flying Fairy now has a release date for North America, February 7th.
I know we say it every time one of these conferences hits, but the 3DS really is going from strength to strength, and it has now become damn near an indispensable system for all gamers. The addition of Miiverse and another strong set of games for 2014 should cement the handheld as possibly the greatest ever in Nintendo’s long repertoire.