Nintendo Network ID
Nintendo Network ID, as it is apparently called, will substitute the Friend Codes and usable across not only Nintendo systems, but smartphones and PCs, as well. Naturally, the ID will act as the account in the eShop, though it has been specified that other users on the same Wii U console will have access to any downloadable content on the system.
Of course, that’s not all revealed in the Nintendo Direct presentation that took place this morning. As seen in the video above, there is a Mii Channel-type interface on Wii U called “Warawara Plaza,” and it will be the first thing users see when they power up the console. Essentially, this acts as a substitute for all the kids who aren’t invited to hangouts and parties. Friends can be accessed through the plaza and their deepest secrets (regarding their thoughts and feelings on video games) read.
Wii U Chat
Finally, as demonstrated in the video above (with a totally impromptu and unscripted chat between Nintendo President Satoru Iwata and NOA President Reggie Fils-Aime), there is Wii U Chat, which can be accessed via the GamePad and allows users to have a video chat. Drawings can be done right on the screen so that you can finally give your friend that moustache you’ve always wanted him (or her) to have.
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