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Wii Saves And Purchases Transferrable To Wii U (And Other News)

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So you're planning to buy a Wii U, brushing off the ridicule of your uber-hardcore friends with a casual "haters gonna hate," and treading, with a confident swagger, into a world of next-gen goodness. Perhaps you're interested in the Nintendo exclusives; perhaps you have a bag full of money and nothing on which to spend it, thus granting you the privilege adding to your collection of systems, while we plebs subsist on salt & pepper sandwiches, washed down with a glass/soup can full of spoiled milk.

In any event, you will inevitably be faced with the questions of save games, Virtual Console purchases, and the like. Luckily, for those concerned about their vast e-fortunes, Nintendo is currently developing a system to transfer content to the Wii U. While this compliments the system's backwards compatibility rather nicely, Nintendo's Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Scott Moffitt told ABC News that the Wii U "will have an individual account based system. Each member of your family might have their own account." This brings into question whether prior purchases can be accessed by all accounts, or if Wii U owners will need to tie each purchase to a single account - hopefully the former.

The company also revealed a more substantive "classic" controller, the "Wii U Pro." The device will be a wireless, with a built-in battery that can be recharged via micro USB. No word on how this will factor into the larger Wii U experience - not being terribly fond of the Wii Remote, i'd love to see the Wii U Pro widely supported by game developers - but it's a welcome gesture. Nintendo also detailed the "Miiverse," which aims to connect Wii U players through the magic of friendship the online realm. The announcement, courtesy of Gaming Age, is as follows:

Miiverse is a brand-new network communication system that lets gamers from around the world share experiences, discuss games and discover new content. Using their personalized Mii character, players enter Miiverse and see games, applications or entertainment content that either they have interacted with recently, expressed interest in learning more about or that their friends are using or discussing. From here they can challenge their friends to play together, ask a question about a difficult level or discover new elements of their favorite games they never knew existed. After a notable achievement or other share-worthy moment, players can pause their game or application and seamlessly post messages to the Miiverse community.

So what do you think, gamers? Is the Wii U hold the key to this Brave New Next-Gen World, or is this simply part of the Japanese conspiracy to rob our grandmothers of their social security money? Sound off in the comments section below!

6 Comments

Silver Phoenix said:

No doubt you'll need a memory card to transfer your purchases from the Wii to the Wii U. It wouldn't be surprising.

Craig W.K. said:

Because everything is account based, you might just have to re-download everything for free. ...Providing you owned the digital item on the Wii, of course.

Brian said:

What I got from this e3, is that 3rd party game developers are literally bursting at the seams to show new content on post-ps360 hardware-which they can't do yet, and none of it is being shown or done in a WiiU context.

Shin Gallon said:

It's definitely a nice gesture, and one other companies would do well to mirror. Shame that I'm pretty much done being a console gamer, having moved on to greener pastures, full of mouse/keyboard controls and multiplayer that allows for dedicated servers instead of terrible matchmaking.

Silver Phoenix said:

I'm confused. What do you mean none of it is being shown or done in a WiiU context? Are you saying the devs are more interested in showing the new games on the next-gen PS3/360 systems?

Brian said:

I'm saying that 3rd parties have a ton of new stuff they could have shown (and I get the feeling that some REALLY wanted to) at this e3 running on hardware intended for the successors to the ps3 and 360; most are not doing this for the WiiU which is the successor to the Wii. If 3rd party game developers were focusing significant resources to WiiU development, we would have seen it. I think one reason is that ps4/nextbox will release by the end of 2013 and 3rd parties will unload this stuff at next years e3...when MS/Sony announce these new consoles and let them break all the NDA's.

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