Whether you're a fan of the company or not, it's obvious that Nintendo's always been a bit behind the curve when it comes to gaming online. One of the biggest issues for the game and console maker, in the eyes of the fans, is unified accounts.
Basically, if you own a Wii U and a Nintendo 3DS, you have two completely separate accounts on completely separate platforms. Account actions, profiles and purchases are not shared across the systems.
That stands in stark contrast to Sony's efforts with the PS Vita, PlayStation 3 and, soon enough, the PlayStation 4. All of those systems share the same account and system. My name, purchases and trophies run across all three systems. That's a unified account.
Destructoid asked Nintendo's Dan Adelman, boss of Business Development for the American office, about whether or not unified accounts will be made available soon. Here's his response:
"We don't have anything new to announce, unfortunately, other than we've definitely heard that feedback many times from both inside and outside the company. It's definitely something that we're very much aware of. All development for the infrastructure really happens out of Japan, so we've kind of communicated this need in the market, and they're very much aware of it and working towards really just always improving the eShop."
Adelman went on to indicate that, as of right now, this problem seems to be more customer centric than anything else.
"In terms of how developers or consumers are impacted by it, I've definitely read a lot of frustrations from consumers. I actually haven't heard it too much from developers — it just doesn't come up as much in conversation, or if it does come up, it's usually from a standpoint of them also being a consumer as well as a developer. But I have never heard a developer say, 'I'm interested in making games for the eShop, but because of this account system, I really don't feel comfortable doing that.' That hasn't seemed to be a barrier at this point."
As a matter of convenience and consumer friendliness, things like unified accounts need to be a priority for Nintendo. Let's hope they include it in a future update to their hardware.