Recent comments from a Nintendo customer service representative indicated that the Wii U and 3DS would eventually get unified accounts. In other words, the two systems would be tied together in some ways through the technology.
Now Nintendo is backing away from these remarks. Charlie Scibetta, Sr. Director of Corporate Communications at Nintendo of America, has attempted to clarify the situation.
“Nintendo has already announced the Nintendo Network as a unified ‘network platform’ that delivers current and future online services to the Nintendo 3DS system and the upcoming Wii U console. These services include, but are not limited to, multiplayer online game play and the ability to download both add-on content and full games that are also available as packaged software. Further details on these services will be revealed at a later date.
“However, there is no current announcement concerning a unified online ‘account system’ between Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, which suggests payment implications that Nintendo is not ready to confirm at this time. We hope this clarifies any misunderstanding.”