Nintendo Network IDs and Miiverse finally coming to the 3DS


3DS and Wii U owners received some positive news this morning during Nintendo’s 3DS-centric Nintendo Direct. The company announced today that Wii U owners with a Nintendo Network ID will be able to share their eShop account balances between Nintendo’s latest home console and the the Nintendo 3DS. So, any funds that you add to your Wii U or 3DS eShop account will be combined, no matter which product you use.

In addition, owners of both a Wii U and 3DS will have their Nintendo Network ID shared between each device. But, that’s not all. Nintendo also announced that the Wii U’s popular social networking community the Miiverse will be coming to the 3DS. All of these services for the 3DS will be available through a system update slated to release in early December.

Nintendo also hinted at the possibility of improving the Nintendo Network interface, which could mean unified accounts through the Wii U or 3DS may not be far away.

Here is Nintendo’s full statement:

A December system update will allow users to register their Nintendo Network ID for Wii U on their Nintendo 3DS systems and combine Nintendo eShop account balances…this system update will also mark the beginning of Miiverse support on Nintendo 3DS. With a Nintendo Network ID, users will be able to connect with other players around the world to share their experiences and game tips through Miiverse on Nintendo 3DS.

Are you excited for this system update for the 3DS? What else do you hope Nintendo does to improve the Miiverse and the Nintendo Network? Tell us in the comments below.

Harrison Milfeld is a writer, editor, and freelance journalist from Missouri. Ever since he could walk, Harrison has been an avid fan of the world of Nintendo. For years, he has purchased every one of the company's subsequent products (yes, including the Virtual Boy and eReader). It wasn't until he was a young teen when he bought a PS2 that he began to embrace cross-console relations, a decision he doesn't regret. When he's not gaming, Harrison is looking to break into the magazine journalism industry and realize his dream of becoming a features reporter.