Nintendo Account is the eponymous platform holder’s new, platform-agnostic ID system and rewards scheme.
Remember how Nintendo said it was working on a a new player account system? At today’s investor briefing, the company started talking about that in detail.
As previously reported, it’s just called Nintendo Account.
In line with Nintendo’s push to embrace the digital
future present, users will be able to log into Nintendo Accounts via Facebook, Twitter or Google. If you’re not the social media type, you can also sign up with an email account, or an existing Nintendo Network ID. Friend codes are getting the boot completely.
Your Nintendo Account works across Nintendo hardware, smartphones and PC. What’s that, you say? Well, you’ll be able to browse the eShop on PC, buy games, and queue them to your Nintendo devices for download. Gor blimey! Nintendo is also planning to implement cloud support, allowing you to store save data online – potentially enabling cross-save.
Nintendo will track your activity, of course, and send you notifications about DLC and new purchases you may be interested in – but will also offer bonuses like birthday presents and in-game gifts.
Speaking of gifts, your Nintendo Account will be linked to a new rewards scheme called My Nintendo, which is launching in March 2016. You’ll be able to earn points by buying and playing games, including new smartphone offerings.
Like Club Nintendo, you’ll be offered rewards including merchandise, discounts and DLC. Nintendo hopes you’ll eventually be able to cash in My Nintendo reward opportunities for meat space activities, too.