Despite the fact that Nintendo’s next console, the Wii U, is still a healthy distance away from its 2012 holiday’s release date, it seems that the Japanese company may already be hard at work on an app store for it.

Citing “a person familiar with the matter,” The Daily is reporting that Nintendo is preparing a completely new app store for the Wii U that will feature applications built with the TV in mind as well as some that would work specifically on the tablet-like controller.  Apparently the idea is that you would use the TV to enjoy apps such as MLB.TV while the tablet could be used for such functions as email, Web browsing or posting to your favorite social networks.  It’s also said that there may be some games designed specifically for the controllers 6.2-inch screen.

Nintendo has dabbled some what with the app store concept before for WiiWare, DSiWare and 3DS eShop, but it has never gone the route of a full-blown store front before.    Considering the explosive growth these revenue streams have seen on other platforms, this would not be a surprising move at all for Nintendo, and seems like it would almost be essential in this day and age.

No word as of yet if the currency in the rumored store would be plain old cash like the 3DS eShop uses or if Nintendo might go with some form of point system ala Xbox Live Marketplace.

What do you think about the idea of Nintendo adding an app store to the Wii U?  Does it make sense?

[via The Daily]