Rumor Patrol: New Nintendo Network to Rival PSN and XBox Live

Nintendo Network on 3DS and Wii U

Nintendo isn't known for offering a fine tuned online experience to gamers. In fact, it's often heavily criticized for being so far behind the likes of both Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network. The house that Mario built is well aware of the technologically inept image they've been given, but they've definitely shown interest in expanding on their currently less-than-stellar network.

Fortunately, rumor has it that not only does Nintendo plan on enhancing their online experience, but it will reach a quality that rivals competitors. Nintendo Enthusiast reports that an inside source has told them that Nintendo plans on bringing the recently revealed Nintendo Network up to par with the XBLA and PSN, and even enhance one feature in particular that will allegedly leave users of another console "quite upset."


"A source that wished to remain anonymous has told us that Nintendo will launch a website accessible from any web browser that will handle configuration of your Nintendo Network account for use on the Wii U or 3DS. He also stated that Nintendo Network will include many new features that haven’t been used before by Nintendo. According to his accounts: Nintendo Network = Sony PSN = Xbox Live."

“What I can add to all this is that there is in fact one feature that is significantly ahead of one of the competitors, and I’m not talking about the well know ability to video chat. A few users on another console will be quite upset.”

The existence of the Nintendo Network first became public when the logo for the new network appeared on the box art for the 3DS game Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy, and it seems that Nintendo will be upgrading the new service throughout 2012. Gamers need a more elaborate network on both the 3DS and Wii U, so this rumor should come as no surprise to fans of the veteran gaming company.

What's really interesting about this inside report, however, is this feature that is "significantly ahead of one of the competitors." The anonymous tipster may be referring to the rumored non-gaming app support on the Wii U, but it's hard to even speculate about what it may be. Hopefully, if this rumor is accurate, we'll gain more insight on what to expect from the Nintendo Network leading up to E3 2012.

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Source: Nintendo Enthusiast

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