Miiverse And Nintendo Network ID Coming To Nintendo 3DS In December [Update]

By Ishaan . November 13, 2013 . 8:24am

An account system is coming to the Nintendo 3DS in December, Nintendo announced during a Nintendo Direct presentation this morning.


Update 2: More details regarding Miiverse here. Nintendo Network ID details here.


The update will allow you to use the same Nintendo Network ID across both your Nintendo 3DS and Wii U consoles, and share Nintendo eShop credit between the two systems this way. Alternatively, you’ll also be able to create a new Nintendo Network ID for your 3DS, but this will mean being unable to combine your eShop credit.


Nintendo have not yet announced if the introduction of the Nintendo Network ID system to the 3DS will allow you to link games to your account rather than your 3DS console.


Additionally, Miiverse will be coming to Nintendo 3DS in December as well, alongside the update that adds the account system to the console.


Stay tuned for more details.


Update: Added clarification regarding game purchases being tied to account as opposed to hardware.

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  • malek86

    Oh, finally. Now let’s have cross-platform purchases and things will definitely get a little better.

    • Yeah, buying the same game on two systems is ridiculous. I get the whole paying $1 to get it on Wii U, and hell, I’d pay two dollars to have it on 3DS as well, but buying it separately…

      • malek86

        Technically I’m not behind the whole “pay $1 for the Wii U upgrade”. It makes no sense to me. The amount of work involved is not something that should be taken in consideration since it’s a service to be provided (why not charge us for multiplayer too, then?), and in this particular case it’s likely going to be a very small amount anyway.

      • domonkun

        wait, i forgot, exactly what was the “pay $1 wii u upgrade”? was it to have nes vc on the wii? :S

        • I’m not totally sure since I don’t have a Wii U yet, BUT. I think basically, if you have a Wii VC game, it transfers to your Wii U, but you play it in Wii compatibility mode. If that same game comes out for Wii U (and then they get the release fanfare… for releasing the same game… again…), then you can pay $1 to have that game on the actual Wii U, with all the Miiverse features and blah blah, instead of clunky Wii compatibility mode. This applies to I think just SNES and NES games so far–I think that’s all that’s on the Wii U VC so far.

  • Cruxis

    Does this mean no more friend codes?
    Probably not, but wishful thinking…

  • Anonymous

    I hope it is a bit like PSN, You can deactivate an account and activate it on another 3DS instead of being fucked up if your old one breaks

    • This is honestly the only thing I want.

      • Anonymous

        Me too, Miiverse thing is kinda neat but being able to buy stuff without being worried about losing them is what concerns me

        • Yep, we need this. Excited about what’s announced, but the main thrust should be tying purchases to accounts instead of to hardware! Come on, Nintendo. You know we want this.

        • Minos

          My friend got his stolen, called Nintendo and they retuned him everything.

          It is… “Primitive”, but it is not true you lose what you download.

          • Anonymous

            I’m interested in details
            How did they exactly return them to him?
            3DS uses friend codes, There is no way to have a history of purchases, Unless he did buy a 3DS from Nintendo with all his content on it

          • Minos

            Nop, Nintendo DO has an account system, they know exactly what has been downloaded on each system, its is just way more “Simple”.

            Giving it back its actually quite easy for them, the only difference between the Sony and Nintendo its a phone call and that you also need the Serial Number of the thing on case you lost it or got stolen but since he had register it on the Nintendo Page thing it was easy to get.

            Again, primitive but its something.

          • Fox

            Well *I* had mine break, and *I* contacted Nintendo, and they told *me* otherwise.

            The only people who think Nintendo will replace lost/broken downloaded goods seem to form their opinions exclusively via secondhand rumor and hearsay.

          • Serge

            When someone steal something from you, it’s probably not your fault. On the other hand, If you BREAK that something, then it’s YOUR fault.

          • James Enk

            yeah it’s your fault so if you want another 3DS you will have to buy but what about the games you’ve downloaded

          • Minos

            I said “Stolen” not “Broken”.

            Now that I remember, he also gave them the police report, dunno if its on the 3DS’s, but on the WiiU’s Faq says how to get the info back if Stolen.

            If broken, only them can get it back.

    • Khoko

      Couldn’t agree more.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      I hope so!

    • Ric Vazquez


    • I agree. I’ve had three DS lites break on me, I don’t want everything tied to one of these things because they’re not exactly the strongest things.

  • JonathanisPrimus

    It’s embarrassing it has taken Nintendo this long to do something as basic as a shared wallet. But it is kind of pointless if they’re still attaching software to hardware rather than the account.

    • Shindoi Hayato


    • Grape Monet

      Agreed, but at least they’re working on it.

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

      better late and great at release than early and broken

      • FitzpatrickPhillips

        Late and great? They’re applying common sense where it should have been applied years ago

        • Miss_Madness

          We’re talking about things in the game industry, were common sense always seems to be a bit lacking.

  • TheExile285


  • Kamakuma

    It’s about time Nintendo-san. I was almost going to give you up… But it’s not like I still like you or anything b-baka! *tsun* >~>

  • Raharu95

    Now, why did this took so long to implement? : o

  • J_Joestar

    well i guess it makes up for losing Nikki

  • ZEROthefirst

    Wish they did this a few months ago (or around the release of the WiiU) so when I got a new 3DS I didn’t have to basically wave goodbye to all of the stuff on my old one. Especially the DLC for games like FE: Awakening, would have been nice to know you get screwed if your system breaks or you replace it.

    • Herok♞

      Well in the case of replacing as long as you keep it until you replace it you won’t lose anything. and Breaking you can send it off to Nintendo for repairs

      • ZEROthefirst

        True you can transfer everything if you keep it first, but in all honesty if you’re trading it in towards an upgrade (3DS XL in this case) do you really want to have to pay completely out of pocket first then get trade in value towards something else, or do you want to get trade in value towards the upgrade? Also didn’t know that Nintendo would actually transfer your stuff to another system if you broke it.

    • You weren’t able to do a system transfer? :(

      • ZEROthefirst

        Only way I could have transferred was if I bought the 3DS XL first took it home and then take my original 3DS in to trade in. I tried doing it at Gamestop, but you need an internet connection and to my surprise my Gamestop actually didn’t have wireless internet.

        • Okay, got ya. Well that’s really crappy. I was in a similar situation, but I hate Gamestop anyway. I figured I’d just sell my original 3DS, but I’m giving it as a gift instead (kind of a crappy gift tho!). I had been thinking about selling it myself on eBay or Amazon. More work, but, again, I hate Gamestop.

          • ZEROthefirst

            I hate trading stuff into Gamestop and going there primarily, but sometimes when there’s a decent deal going and you don’t feel like going through the trouble of setting up on Amazon/Ebay then I don’t mind (hate selling through Amazon though, they take a nice chunk out of what you should make).

          • yeah, don’t get me started on Amazon. Sell something for $20, they take $8. They give you $4 to ship it, then say your “earnings” are $16. Uh, no? $4 of that is shipping, which I need to ship. My “earnings” are $12, assuming I can manage to ship said item for $4, which sometimes is not possible if it’s a large item. Annoying.

  • Shadowman

    Yes! WOOOO!!

  • r0gamer940

    They need to link games to the account come on this is 2013. We need better digital policies especially when all my favorite Japanese games are coming over as digital only

  • Eder García

    baby steps, but Nintendo is doing it right

  • MrRobbyM

    About time

  • Xaltmas

    Nintendo is getting slowly closer to figuring out what Sony and Microsoft did years ago.


  • Thrasher429

    Now Nintendo just make an update to allow for Dolby Digital sound format for the Wii U and we will be golden.

  • Sardorim

    I would love to have my downloadable games AND DLC linked to my account as well for added security in case my 3DS bricks on me or something evil.

  • My only concern over this is are we able to change the region to avoid tax or anything? It doesn’t matter much to me since I live in the UK and set my US 3DS to Canada Alberta which allows me to use my debit card.

    • ZEROthefirst

      You should be able to change the region, I’m not going to say with 100% that you can while creating a NNID, but I think I remember it asking what region you’re in when setting it up on the WiiU.

  • Tatsuya1221

    If they attach purchases to your account i’ll be happy, the reason i don’t use the E-shop is due to their absurd console attached purchases issue.

  • Go2hell66

    WELCOME to the 21st century nintendo!

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    very good

  • Judo

    Any idea if I can link 2 3DS systems?

  • Fox

    “Nintendo have not yet announced if the introduction of the Nintendo Network ID system to the 3DS will allow you to link games to your account rather than your 3DS console.”

    Of course they haven’t said anything.
    It’s literally the ONLY thing that matters.
    So of course they’re not gonna do it.

  • Its finally happening!

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    Any chances for achievement support?

    • J_Joestar

      Doubt it, achievements/trophies will probably remain as in-game only.

  • XypherCode

    This is good but the only thing stopping me from being totally happy about this is that our downloads and purchases from the eShop will still be tied to the hardware and not on our accounts/NNIDs. So yeah they did unify the wallet system but they shouldn’t stop there.

  • hazelnut1112

    I’m just glad we’re finally getting Miiverse on this thing, been waiting for this for a while.

  • James Enk

    this is only the first step i hope

  • Yaaay!

  • Can someone clarify on this: If I have two 3DS’s and I’m already logged in on my Ninty account on both currently, will I be able to unify my wallet between them?

  • 324234

    Will they finally allow account transfers on WiiU? I upgraded my Basic to a Deluxe without realizing that accounts are stuck on the WiiU you made them on :/

  • Wait, so games are finally tied to your account, but your account is tied to your wiiu/3ds? Meaning if your 3DS breaks/stolen you can’t link that account to a new 3DS and same for Wii U?

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