Nintendo to launch Nintendo Network

Nintendo has revealed details on its next-gen Wii U console’s connectivity capabilities to be built around an online service called the Nintendo Network. It said the Network will offer competitions and communication between users, as well as access to digital content, add-ons and full downloadable games.

As with Sony is doing with PSN and Microsoft with Xbox Live, Nintendo appears intent on bringing together its mobile and console platforms, building on the online framework already found on the Nintendo 3DS.

The Nintendo Network is expected to launch later this year, although it won’t necessarily be done so in conjunction with the Wii U’s release. Both will be up and running by Christmas.

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