by Mike Bendel on October 22, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
For a console that launches in less than a month, Nintendo has been rather coy surrounding details of its online plans for Wii U. Heck, even Tekken Tag Tournament 2 director Katsuhiro Harada wasn’t briefed as of last month.
However, it seems Nintendo is finally sharing its plans with external partners. EA’s own private policy page has outed details on the inner workings of Nintendo’s network. Specifically, that a Nintendo Network ID, along with associated Mii and friends list information – will be transferred to EA when signing into Origin. Here’s the skinny:
If you sign up to play EA games through a Nintendo Wii U console, your Nintendo account information will be provided to EA so that we can establish an Origin Account for you. You need an Origin Account to play EA’s titles online. By signing up to play EA’s titles, you agree that limited user account information can be transferred to EA. Information transferred to EA includes your Mii information, email address, Nintendo Network ID, friend list, country, language and date of birth but does not include credit card number or other financial account information.
This basically confirms that Nintendo is unifying its online services and access to third-parties through a singular account. Xbox Live and PSN essentially work the same way, so while this comes as little surprise, it’s great to finally receive confirmation. While not confirmed – this likely means downloads will be tied to your Nintendo Network ID as well, rather than the hardware itself like on Wii and DS.
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