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Nintendo Network Could Offer Full Game Buying

Nintendo's new Network announced yesterday in a financial briefing, could allow for the purchase and download of full games along with traditional DLC, gameplay videos and demos.

Designed for use with both the Nintendo 3DS and upcoming Wii U consoles, Nintendo's President Satoru Iwata said that the network should open up new avenues of interaction for users, letting them explore their favourite games more deeply through additional content and insights. He also hinted at the possibility for buying full games, though that would come further in the future.

"Unlike Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, which has been focused upon specific functionalities and concepts, we are aiming to establish a platform where various services available through the network for our consumers shall be connected via Nintendo Network service so that the company can make comprehensive proposals to consumers."

Games Industry (requires free account sign up) is reporting that the first game to make use of the new platform will be rhythm music/action title Theatrhythm Final Fantasy. Gamers will be able to expand the experience with extra songs going on sale immediately. This is hardly an update on what is available now with games like Just Dance on the Wii, but it's just baby steps according to Nintendo.

"Also for the Wii U, we are planning to introduce a personal account system compatible with Nintendo Network," continues the report. With this, for example, the ease of using a video game system when the hardware is shared by multiple family members, which has been a challenge we needed to tackle, shall be improved, and we will also be able to construct and offer the system by combining a variety of different services and content."