What I Want From The Nintendo Network
Luis Alamilla | On 25, Jul 2012
Nintendo’s current online system isn’t the best. Every game you purchase is tied to your one console or handheld and adding a friend requires you to know your friend code on hand to exchange codes with friends rather than having a simple to learn username. It’s honestly the worst online system compared to the competition’s online system but that soon might change with Nintendo’s release of the Nintendo Network for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. The Nintendo Network is Nintendo’s next generation online networking system that’s suppose to unify the Nintendo 3DS and the upcoming Nintendo Wii U console. Currently, Nintendo’s only unified online system is its Club Nintendo reward system that can link to your individual handheld or console. It’s no Xbox Live or Playstation Network but it’s the closest thing Nintendo has. In hopes of Nintendo getting their next online system right, here’s my wish list for features I would like to see in the Nintendo Network.
With the release of the Nintendo 3DS XL next month, I’m going to be in the position of having to choose which console I want my games to be on because I can’t share my purchases on my multiple linked consoles. If I buy Super Mario Land on my Nintendo 3DS, I can’t have it on my 3DS XL as well unless I buy it a second time or transfer the game from my Nintendo 3DS to 3DS XL. I want to be able to buy a gameboy game or eShop game and have it download on all my Nintendo consoles that support the game similar to how Apple’s iCloud system works with iOS app downloads. This is a must for the Nintendo Network. It should have been implemented with the Wii and Nintendo 3DS virtual console already. The system transfer feature sucks and shouldn’t be needed at this point of the video game age.
Better Friend System
Hey want to play Super Smash Brothers Brawl? Sure, here’s my friend code, 1749-2840-4382-3893. Friend codes suck. They were horrible on the Nintendo Wii and although Nintendo somewhat made the system better by only need one code on the Nintendo 3DS, it’s still the same old bad friend code system. Nintendo Network needs to have a user name based friend system. I don’t want to have to ask someone for a set of numbers every time I want to add them as a friend. I highly doubt anyone carries a piece of paper with their friend code written down. Have a username system where I can just go to my friends list and select a person that I can send a message to or invite to a game.
Something great that the Playstation Vita and Playstation 3 has for it is it’s cross platform gaming over the Playstation Network. We did get confirmation that the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U version of the next Super Smash Brothers game will have some sort of interaction. I’m hoping to see some cross platform action between the two games. The Nintendo 3DS may not be able to play retail Wii U games but I think cross platform gaming between eShop and virtual console games are possible. Imagine Nintendo implementing an online multiplayer to retro games like Super Smash Bros. 64 or being able to play Tetris on your Wii U against someone else across on the country on their Nintendo 3DS. Honestly it won’t be as great at the cross platform gaming the Vita and PS3 currently have but it would be a nice feature to have.
I’m hoping to see a successful online system with the Nintendo Network. I can only wish that Nintendo doesn’t pull a classic nintendo on this one and tries to be different with their online system. What would you like to see in the Nintendo Network? Sound off in the comments below.