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Wii U To Support Up To 12 User Accounts

by Andy Goergen - June 6, 2012, 2:22 pm EDT
Total comments: 10 Source: GameTrailers, http://www.gametrailers.com/video/e3-2012-exclusiv...

You and your 11 roommates are about to get the best news possible.

The Wii U system will support up to 12 user accounts per device, according to NIntendo Senior Director of Corporate Communications Charlie Scibetta.

In an interview with GameTrailers, Scibetta said "Nintendo's take on online gaming is Miiverse, and it's a way to be social and to discover things online. You can certainly do multiplayer online, but we're really focusing on community and sharing and discovery because that's something that's new and unique and fun, we think, that Nintendo's uniquely qualified to bring. There's actually twelve different accounts you can have on any one piece of hardware, so if you have a different account from me, you might have different games featured on there, different friends and when you turn on the Wii U it can immediately go to your profile and then you'll have an experience that's tailor made for you."

Later in the interview, Scibetta mentions the potential existence of Friend Codes, stating "I think we're pretty much done with that, we've moved onto the account system." That conflicts some with the recent Nintendo E3 analysts meeting where it was revealed that Friend Codes would still be around in some way, even if they were far easier to deal with. We will report on this as more news breaks regarding the potential death knell of the dreaded Friend Code.


supergttJune 06, 2012

so, are these just profiles. or actual centralized accounts? Are our digital titles still going to be tied to the hardware? local profiles don't cut it.

nickmitchJune 06, 2012

I think your digital titles will be tied to some central account (Club Nintendo) and then you can have separate accounts from there for your Wii U.

Ian SaneJune 06, 2012

Accounts over friend codes is the way to go so I hope that's true.  That's just the way the industry does it.

12 accounts should be more than anybody needs.  It's a pretty packed house if you have more than 12 people living in it.

nickmitchJune 06, 2012

Let alone 12 gamers sharing one system.

King of TwitchJune 06, 2012

The Duggars are screwed.

I'm thinking maybe the user accounts are not necessarily integrated/related to the Club Nintendo accounts. I mean, I want to sign into my User Account on a friend's Wii U and play the games that he owns that I don't have at home...

StrikerObiMike Sklens, Podcast EditorJune 06, 2012

Sounds like each individual user account may have a friend code that functions as a primary key. This would allow multiple accounts (from two different users on two different parts of the globe) to have the same usernames.

Chocobo_RiderJune 06, 2012

Ah well, regardless of the specifics this all sounds like the ship is headed in the right direction!

Especially given the confirmation about transferring game saves/downloads from Wii to Wii U.

Mop it upJune 06, 2012

12 accounts? Wow, that's one big family.

CericJune 06, 2012

Quote from: Mop

12 accounts? Wow, that's one big family.

In Sony world that be a Family of 4 with an Account for each region :p

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