Week in Review: Nintendo joins the online community

January 29, 2012

Here at Snackbar Games, we’re as interested in news as anyone else, and this week the big news is the newly revealed Nintendo Network.

TOP STORY: Nintendo Network on Wii U and 3DS

During an investor meeting this week, Nintendo released a ton of information regarding the Wii U and the 3DS. (Speaking of the Wii U, Nintendo is reconsidering the name.) As for the big news, Nintendo gave the first details on their new online service, Nintendo Network. In addition to allowing online tournaments and DLC downloads, it will include individual user accounts rather than hardware-based accounts. Mario Kart 7 is already using an early version of the Nintendo Network, as is Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning gets an online pass

People who purchase a new copy of Reckoning will be given access to a faction quest line that others will have to purchase. While this sounds similar to the Arkham City uproar, the developers were quick to note that this content was originally planned as DLC, and they decided to give it away free to reward purchasers of new copies.

Sony enhances the default 3G Vita package

Apparently noting sluggish preorders for the 3G version of the Vita, Sony has decided to sweeten the pot for gamers. For no additional cost, people who pick up the 3G version will get an 8GB memory stick, a month of 250MB data, and a free PSN game (if you keep that data plan after a month). Those who get the First Edition will still only get a 4GB memory stick, though the data plan and free PSN game have been added to it as well. There is still no word on any kind of add-ons for the Wi-Fi only model, priced at $250.

New 2D Mario game coming to 3DS

No details were announced, as this was a minor footnote to the investor meeting that Nintendo had, except to note that it will be a totally new game. Considering the quality of the last 3DS Mario game, we’re excited to see what this means.