One of the worst things about the current Nintendo experience is the horrible online profile system it currently employs. Long strings of numbers are needed to add your friends on both the Wii U and the 3DS, and none of your eShop accounts are integrated with each other. Nintendo has definitely dropped the ball when it comes to online account integration and ease of use in this generation, but it look like they are aiming to fix all of that with a new integrated membership service.

During an investors meeting, Nintendo President Saturo Iwata spoke about the new membership service.

The membership service will encompass multiple devices such as our existing Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, the dedicated game system NX, which is currently under development, smart devices and PCs.

Iwata went on to describe how the system is planned to work and compared it to the system that they use now.

While we will announce the details of this integrated membership service at a later date, I can share with you at a high level the idea is that the consumer can access multiple devices using one common ID.
For us to be able to bridge the gap between smart devices and dedicated game systems, we will offer advantages to consumers who use one ID across multiple devices.
So far, the members input their Club Nintendo ID to use the services. With this new service, our members will be able to visit Nintendo’s website and log in with one ID, and they will receive various services including the ones based on their past purchases and gameplay records as well as services that will be an improved version of the current loyalty program.

Yes, it finally seems like Nintendo has figured out what Sony and Microsoft did long ago. An integrated online system is much easier to use and better for business, especially when you are dealing with multiple devices.

There is no set date for the release of this new integrated membership system, but we do know that it will encompass all devices, even the newly announced NX console.

If you want more information about this membership service, you can read the full financial report from Nintendo.

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