Nintendo 3DS update adds eShop balance sharing and Miiverse

Nintendo 3DS owners can finally share their eShop account balance with their Wii U, as the promised system update adding Nintendo Network ID support has arrived today. The update also brings the Miiverse social network to 3DS, to chat about games and share pictures.

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Nintendo 3DS owners can finally share their eShop account balance with their Wii U, as the promised system update adding Nintendo Network ID support has arrived today. The update also brings the Miiverse social network to 3DS, to chat about games and share pictures.

Update 7.0.0-13U is available now, and should download automatically when you have a wireless connection and have SpotPass enabled. Otherwise, you'll need to can update it manually.

You'll need to create a Nintendo Network ID on your 3DS, and it'll only share the eShop balance if it's identical to the one on your Wii U, so do be careful. Yes, Nintendo's wonky way of linking accounts to hardware is still making things more difficult than they need be.

Creating a Nintendo Network ID isn't mandatory, but people won't be able to download free software like apps and demos without one.

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    December 10, 2013 6:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Nintendo 3DS update adds eShop balance sharing and Miiverse.

    Nintendo 3DS owners can finally share their eShop account balance with their Wii U, as the promised system update adding Nintendo Network ID support has arrived today. The update also brings the Miiverse social network to 3DS, to chat about games and share pictures.

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      December 10, 2013 6:13 AM

      When are they going to tie purchases to an account rather than hardware. :/

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        December 10, 2013 6:25 AM

        That'd be nice, but at least it's progressing a bit.

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        December 10, 2013 6:41 AM

        They keep saying they are "working on it" although I'm skeptical we'll see it this generation.

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        December 10, 2013 7:59 AM

        baby steps! they have the unified eShop account now. i would think that converting all the previously released games to be tied to an account instead of a system would require some major doing on their part.

        what i would LOVE to see is cross platform compatibility with VC games. so when i buy Mario 64 on the Wii U, I can also play it on my 3DS

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        December 10, 2013 8:54 AM

        I have a question about this. If one was to buy a used Wii U wind waker edition off craigslist would they get the game too since it's tied to the hardware?

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          December 10, 2013 9:04 AM

          Since the game likely resides on the HD, yes they would. However, I'm not sure how this works if the previous owner did a erase and wipe of the Wii U. This enables you to create a new NNID on the console, but afaik the old NNID (which the WW game used upon downloading) is still tied to the old console and thus in theory you would be able to download again without any problems.

          Not 100% though, I've kinda wondered that myself.

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        December 10, 2013 9:18 AM

        Considering this update allows you to link your Nintendo Network ID, it's probably a first step.

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        December 10, 2013 9:47 AM

        They already are to a certain degree and this brings us even closer to what people want. The purchases are tied to an account to the degree that it's tracked for Club Nintendo stuff, they just don't have it so you can attach the ID to a different console easily yet. I am sure it's coming within the next year or two.

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          December 10, 2013 9:50 AM

          Speaking of Club Nintendo, they just updated the games and 2 of them are Wii U versions (instead of Wii).

          https://club.nintendo.com/rewards.do

          Balloon Fight and Super Mario Bros The Lost Worlds for Wii U Virtual Console.

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            December 10, 2013 1:56 PM

            They also have a Pikmin Tote Bag!

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            December 10, 2013 3:03 PM

            They still have no registered the fact I bought SM3DW and Link Between Worlds, digitally.

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      December 10, 2013 6:21 AM

      Pretty big update. Going to test out screenshot uploadsof Luigi's Mansion tonight.

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      December 10, 2013 6:45 AM

      My 3DS XL arrived yesterday and I had a bitch of a time getting it to update. Guess this is why.

      Anyway, A Link Between Worlds is awesome!

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      December 10, 2013 8:05 AM

      Awesome, could you please put SMB3 on there now?

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        December 10, 2013 3:12 PM

        I think they said that's getting a 3ds release by the end of the year.

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