Jul 19th, 2013

Nintendo has been promising for some time that it would update the 3DS in order to give it access to the Miiverse and bring Nintendo Network ID’s to the handheld console. That day is fast approaching, according to noted Nintendo nut Emily Rogers. Her latest tweet says to expect the Nintendo Network ID firmware update this fall, bringing Miiverse with it.

Are you excited about this news? The possible integrations with Miiverse and StreetPass are pretty unlimited, so I’m excited to see what Nintendo will offer, especially with the handful of new games just released for StreetPass.

All that’s left for them to do now is tie games to a specific Nintendo Network ID account, instead of the console itself.

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  • Zombie Boy

    Why is this in the Wii U news section?

    • because miiverse is a Wii U thing I guess

      • Zombie Boy

        Ashley has answered above. Just a mistake I’d noticed.

    • robjackson81

      Yes, a slight programming snafu. Rest assured it will be fixed today.

  • Hey guys,

    I know this is appearing in the Wii U news section. I’m speaking with our developer to sort it out quickly.

    • Still glad I saw it! πŸ˜€

      • Mario

        Me too!

    • Arthur Jarret

      No need, really – if 3DS users can chat in miiverse – that’s Wii U news too.
      Basically, miiverse will form an asynchronous multiplayer between Wii U and 3DS.

      I mean: Integration of one of the better online functions of the Wii U with another platform will undoubtedly affect the function on the Wii U – therefore, this could be considered as Wii U (related) news.

      • Nintyfan

        I think Miiverse 3DS will only allow communication with other 3DS users and games.

        • Wayne Beck

          That would be counter-intuitive. If they are going to give us access to Miiverse through PC, it stands to reason that they want us to have access to Miiverse at all times.

          Also, cross platform connectivity gives people a rational for buying both.

          • Nintyfan

            Oh I see, I thought 3DS Miiverse was only going to have separate 3DS communities for games and just 3DS users.

          • Arthur Jarret

            It would make sense to integrate it.

            That way, new releases on wii U are promoted on 3DS by the early adopters and vice versa – providing buzz and incentive to buy.

    • robjackson81

      Thanks Ashley! We got a report that the pagination ( 1 | 2 | 3 | etc…) on the homepage was broken yesterday. We fixed that problem but it looks like THAT problem messed up our homepage categorization.

      We’ll have it sorted soon… promise!

    • Wayne Beck

      Sounds like Wii U news to me. If they are going to Put NNIDs on 3DS, they would never make people have two separate IDs. If they don’t have separate IDs, it dramatically increases the Chance of Cross Platform VC.

  • Geoffrey Tasker

    I’ll get excited when its official

    • That’s my thought as well, but it is very sorely needed. The 3DS should feel like an extension of the Wii U with crossover games like Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and even Super Smash Bros.

  • incoherent1

    I don’t have a 3DS (but am considering it), so could someone tell me what StreetPass is? Just curious, especially with the references above. Thanks!

    • Razo_E

      StreetPass is a wireless communication between 2 3DSs. When you pass within a certain range of someone, your 3DS will send your Mii as a greeting and vise versa. You can then play games and collect puzzle pieces that the other person’s Mii has collected to complete puzzles. There’s also small greetings.

      • Wishsong214

        There’s also interaction between different games depending on StreetPass. Streetpassing someone with Animal Crossing will let you explore their house, and vice versa. Kid Icarus: Uprising lets you exchange weapon gems, which can be used to create more weapons. It’s actually a pretty cool aspect.

        • incoherent1

          Thank you both! That’s very helpful (and much clearer than the other explanations I found online) πŸ™‚

  • everyone

    3DS seems perfect for Miiverse. My only concern is how fast you can connect from the game straight to the Miiverse app. It’s pretty quick on the Wii U and I hope it’s the same for the 3DS.

  • I will be happy when this happens and I hope they have a good procedure for unifying the NintendoIDs between the 3DS and the WiiU. Maybe MiiVerse apps for SmartPhones and tablets will follow shortly after that. Works OK in the browser but would be easier from a dedicated app.

  • Shigeru Miyamoto

    Can’t waitttttttt!

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  • Linskarmo

    I hope it works well!

  • Mochlum

    Yes, Miiverse will be great for 3DS games.

  • CCM

    Please unify our Wii U & 3DS accounts so if I buy a $50 pre-paid card I can share the funds across both systems like I can with my PS3 & Vita. Also it would be nice to pay for a VC game once and be able to play it on both machines.

    Also, it would be nice to pay for a Virtual Console game ONCE and be able to play it on either system, again like I can on PS3 & Vita.

  • Maxid765

    Hopefully I can use the Nintendo ID on both the 3ds and the wii u :D, Yay!!

    • Thomas Vienna

      Yeah, it would be annoying to have to deal with two different Nintendo Network IDs and accounts.

  • Guest

    I wonder where Emily Rogers gets all this information.

  • peeer

    I could care less about miiverse integration to the 3ds… They should look forward to unbind the game purchase history to the Wii U consoles and tie it to nintendo network ID first. Then I would see a decent reason to have a nintendo network ID in the first place. Personally, Miiverse for me is only a nintendo version kind of facebook, and I don’t like facebook at all. I hate all those social network things, I prefer old school like IRC and MSN.

    • Shawn Spitler

      Your distaste for social media does not translate to the masses (unfortunately).

      I agree with you, Facebook is not something I like bothering with – especially the broader implications of privacy issues.

      However, Miiverse doesn’t act at all like FB, and is centric only to Nintendo games and software. Privacy is much less an issue and I can enjoy artwork from others.

      Stuck in a game? Get answers quickly form eager players.

      Don’t care? Fine, you don’t need Miiverse to enjoy the Wii U. But for those of us who do, this cross pollination is a very nice feature indeed.

  • TrueWiiMaster

    I’m hoping this brings cross-buy. After all, it would be really awkward to have to have two Miiverse accounts, one for each system, and it would be weird to buy two copies of Punch Out (for example) with the same account.

    • Elem187

      Walk before run… I can’t imagine Nintendo will be able to go that far with it in such a short amount of time… something that may come in the future. It would be nice to only buy a title once and have it on both systems.

  • Your money

    To be honest, i wasn’t expecting Miiverse into the 3Ds. But i can see where they are going with this. They are trying to bring the Nintendo fans into one big community, regardless of any Wii u. It’s kind of like Steam, it’s an online pc store, with a huge community, with valve fans.

    • Baum γ€Œγƒ„γƒͺー」

      How could you not expect something they announced (almost) at the beginning of Wii U’s release xD

      • Shawn Spitler

        Because not everyone is listening to the announcements and shouldn’t be expected to.

  • OMEGA48

    When this happens, I’d like to see cross platform Virtual Console. Play Games you download on Wii U on 3DS and vice-versa.

  • Sounds good, I’m looking forward to the update πŸ™‚

  • Baum γ€Œγƒ„γƒͺー」

    Well, well….If they bring it to 3DS, they will also give us the ID bound eShop stuff. I think Iwata said, that the creation of NNIDs wouldn’t be possible on 3DS as soon as the Miiverse gets integrated on it. So it WILL be necessary to connect with an ID you created on the Wii U.

    Unless they’re doing it (again) differently, we will hopefully also get the possibility to log into our NNIDs on different consoles now.

  • Shelim Uddin

    Finally some ids instead of friend codes.

  • Will.F. Martinez

    its still a long wait, but that’s all i can do is wait.

  • Michael Jurado

    so my 3ds is gonna get even more bad ass?

  • blindtiger

    awesome! if 3ds and wiiu features were to fully integrate i might actually buy a 3ds!

  • Eric Degrechie

    “All that’s left for them to do now is tie games to a specific Nintendo Network ID account, instead of the console itself.”


    I have nightmares that my Wii U or 3DS will break and I’ll lose all my digital purchases forever. And I have A LOT!

    I managed to keep the Wii I bought in 2007 from breaking and was able to breathe a sigh of relief when I transferred all my downloaded games to the Wii U. I would really hate to lose nearly 7 years worth of games if my Wii U broke.

    Why can’t it be like my PSN account? If my PS3 breaks, I can put my account and all the games tied to it on a replacement.

    • Ice Climbers

      At least with the 3DS your stuff is saved to the SD Card, so if your system breaks you won’t lose your games. Same with Wii data on the Wii U.

      • Eric Degrechie

        Really? Are you sure about that? I was under the impression that (like the original Wii) the stuff you saved on your SD only worked on one console. I sure hope you’re right.

  • Maddenintendo.com

    Hopefully this also means some type of system-wide achievements linked between the two systems. The 3DS already sort of has this with the new tickets feature on the 3DS.