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Unified eShop Accounts Coming Later This Year

by Alex Culafi - July 6, 2012, 7:59 am PDT
Total comments: 11 Source: http://tinyurl.com/cww5zp2

Let's hope those full game downloads can be played across systems.

A unified eShop account system will be implemented by Wii U and 3DS, as reported by a Nintendo Customer Service Representative David Marshall.

"A unified account system will be implemented later this year with the launch of the Wii U. Eventually this same account system will be made compatible with Nintendo 3DS systems. At this time we have no additional details to offer and nothing to indicate how or if this will work outside the United States and Canada. In the meantime, if the system has a problem, taking it to an Authorized Service Center will maintain the Nintendo eShop account. If the system is stolen, we can transfer the account to a new system once we are provided with a valid police report," Marshall stated in an e-mail response to a customer.

Furthermore, he went on to say that the digital format of New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be limited to United States and Canada in North America.

"Of course, you asked this question because of the upcoming launch of New Super Mario Bros. 2 in retail and digital formats. What you need to know is that the digital format will only be available in the United States and Canada. We have nothing to announce regarding Latin American availability."

Talkback

famicomplicatedJames Charlton, Staff AlumnusJuly 06, 2012

Because Latin America uses a different Internet?


Maybe it's the same reason Pikmin 3 isn't online, Nintendo are using Internet 1.0 still instead of 3.0. :P:

Disco StuJuly 06, 2012

Oi, still with the police reports?  Nintendo loves to make its customers waste the valuable time of our public safety officials, apparently, since I doubt anyone actually expects the police to expend any energy recovering a little videogame system.  I don't at least.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorJuly 06, 2012

Sorry, if someone steals my system, I'm filing a police report. :)

Anywhoo, I'm not going to get excited about this until we see it in action.  Managing your expectations... :D

Pixelated PixiesJuly 06, 2012

For a second there I was really confused. I read,

"Furthermore, he went on to say that the digital format of New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be limited to United States and Canada..."

And thought, 'Wait! What? It's not going to be released digitally in Europe?' But then I finished the sentence.

"...in North America."

CericJuly 06, 2012

I would assume it has something to do with Digital Distributions Laws.

Jet PilotJuly 06, 2012

Which also means if you lose your system then you are SOL because you can't file a police report over a something you lost.  We'll see how well it works out for Jonny...I'm guessing that it will be a nightmare.  This is the exact reason why I will never purchase any full price retail games on the eShop.

Nintendo still doesn't get it when it comes to running an online service.  They need establish a way for the consumer to activate and deactivate devices so that way they don't need to be mailing police reports and hardware to NOA for something as simple as transferring games to a new device.  That method is the widely successful system that all other devices use.  Of course, Nintendo will stick with their broken ways of old.

Secondly, since when do NOA CSR's have inside information?  How about never.  This guy has no credibility to put out this statement.

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Which also means if you lose your system then you are SOL because you can't file a police report over a something you lost.  We'll see how well it works out for Jonny...I'm guessing that it will be a nightmare.  This is the exact reason why I will never purchase any full price retail games on the eShop.

You do realize that you can lose a physical game card just as easily as the system itself, and probably easier, and if that happens you're not getting any help from Nintendo either, right?

Disco StuJuly 07, 2012

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Quote from: Jet

Which also means if you lose your system then you are SOL because you can't file a police report over a something you lost.  We'll see how well it works out for Jonny...I'm guessing that it will be a nightmare.  This is the exact reason why I will never purchase any full price retail games on the eShop.

You do realize that you can lose a physical game card just as easily as the system itself, and probably easier, and if that happens you're not getting any help from Nintendo either, right?

Yes, but if you lost your laptop you can re-download every song you bought from iTunes....it's called the future.

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Quote from: Jet

Which also means if you lose your system then you are SOL because you can't file a police report over a something you lost.  We'll see how well it works out for Jonny...I'm guessing that it will be a nightmare.  This is the exact reason why I will never purchase any full price retail games on the eShop.

You do realize that you can lose a physical game card just as easily as the system itself, and probably easier, and if that happens you're not getting any help from Nintendo either, right?

Yes, but if you lost your laptop you can re-download every song you bought from iTunes....it's called the future.

Also, iPhone App Store, Xbox Live and PSN. My point is, lacking the ability to do that isn't really a good reason not to buy digital copies since it's the same situation with physical copies.

MonteblancoJuly 07, 2012

Quote from: famicomplicated

Because Latin America uses a different Internet?


Maybe it's the same reason Pikmin 3 isn't online, Nintendo are using Internet 1.0 still instead of 3.0. :P:

Greed is more likely. Right now, I can purchase at USA e Shop from Brazil, despite they send me to a nice cover page in Portuguese. The prices are the same and I need to use an international credit card. However, the Brazilian taxes make games very expensive in my country. If they allow me to purchase directly from the e-shop with the american price -- which was exactly my plan -- Brazilian retailers will loose my money. I believe Nintendo is trying to protect the local retailers and also cashing the taxes they are not paying by having different prices.

In the end, they will only give me the trouble to use a proxy service to mislead Nintendo I am using an american I.P.

Disco StuJuly 07, 2012

Quote from: NWR_insanolord

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Quote from: Jet

Which also means if you lose your system then you are SOL because you can't file a police report over a something you lost.  We'll see how well it works out for Jonny...I'm guessing that it will be a nightmare.  This is the exact reason why I will never purchase any full price retail games on the eShop.

You do realize that you can lose a physical game card just as easily as the system itself, and probably easier, and if that happens you're not getting any help from Nintendo either, right?

Yes, but if you lost your laptop you can re-download every song you bought from iTunes....it's called the future.

Also, iPhone App Store, Xbox Live and PSN. My point is, lacking the ability to do that isn't really a good reason not to buy digital copies since it's the same situation with physical copies.

Point taken, I just don't think I'll be able to get over the psychological barrier.

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