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Nintendo shows off Wii U online functionality days before release

Posted by on November 14, 2012 – 3:59 pm

With only a few days to go until Nintendo’s next console the Wii U drops, the company released a video on Tuesday detailing the new and improved online features for the system.

Perhaps one of the biggest shortcomings of the original Wii was a lack of real online functions. Players could definitely download games and play online, but the experience wasn’t the greatest in comparison to that of its rivals the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. The way in which players would connect with each other was via the friend code system, often cited as a source of frustration for Wii owners. 

With the Wii U, Nintendo plans to do away with all that according to the released video. Wii U owners will no longer use a friend code system but instead assign Nintendo Network IDs for new users. There are also plans to roll out Miiverse and eShop connectivity via other devices such as a personal computer or smartphone.

It seems a bit late in the game for Nintendo to just barely give detailed information on the online capabilities it kept teasing for the new system, but better late than never. The Wii U is slated for release on November 18.

Watch the full length video below for the full breakdown:

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