Nintendo has announced that its next generation console, the Wii U, will make use of a Nintendo Network ID, not the Friend Codes found on the Wii. This will be a pleasant change for those that found socialising a little difficult utilising the Wii’s method of connecting to remote players.
Other news about the Wii U’s account system suggests that the console will allow for 12 different player accounts and that any Eshop purchases by individuals will be accessible by everyone.
When players boot up the console, the dashboard will be Miiverse dominated, making it easier to connect with friends and family, while the Gamepad itself will sport a much more traditional menu system, which should work nicely with the touch interface. This will let players use the type of input that they are most comfortable with.
Nintendo has also confirmed that you’ll be able to interact with the Wii U using other devices. While the 3DS has already been announced as applicable, smartphones and PCs are likely to act as portals to the Nintendo machine as well.