Is Nintendo Adding eReader Functionality To The 3DS And The Wii U?

Is Nintendo Adding eReader Functionality To The 3DS And The Wii U?

According to Forget The Box, an inside source has revealed that Nintendo is in the process of prepping e-Reader functionality for both the 3DS and the Wii U, allowing users to download books, magazines, newspapers and comics to the Wii U controller and the 3DS.

Forget The Box is claiming that Nintendo is interested in making every copy of Nintendo Power and guides to old games available on the service, a move which plays into the nostalgia factor offered through the virtual console. It’s apparently all part of a move on Nintendo’s part to move towards the Wii U as a collection of services in addition to its normal functionality as a games machine.

It’s an interesting rumour, but one I’m a little cynical about. While Nintendo has added extra functionality to the Wii like the weather channel and other online services, it’s always remained reluctant to move away from its own unique niche in the games market. I could see Nintendo implementing some form of e-Reader functionality for guides and games magazines, but can’t see the Wii U controller being used as a full blown e-Reader like a Kindle, specifically since Nintendo has been keen to avoid labeling the Wii U as a traditional tablet.

I’ve been completely wrong about these things before however, and considering the Wii U is the first Nintendo console where it looks as though it is attempting to respond to trends instead of creating them, perhaps an e-Reader makes sense. As a company Nintendo has always been interested in utilising ‘withering’ technology to create new experiences, and e-readers fall into that category to an extent.

It’s possible that it’s simply an avenue Nintendo is looking into without making any kind of concrete decision. In any case, I’m keen to see precisely what direction Nintendo decide to take the Wii U in 2012.

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  • I thought that all the processing was done within the WiiU console which then magically beamed everything to the controller. There’s not much point if having an e-reader if you have to stay within 10 feet of the console.

  • Being able to buy game guides online and check them on the controller while the game is paused is something new, especially for old games which guides aren’t available for anymore.
    I’ll wait until more details are available on this one, but I still have faith in the big N.

  • But.. why??? lol

    I mean, the old magazine and game guides is neat.. but.. why???
    I mean the internet has already made those things somewhat mute…

  • Hmm could be good. Rather than looking at my phone or laptop for a game guide, I just have to look down at my controller! I like it!

  • Wii U – Sure, I could see that as a possibility. 3DS – Not so much. The screens are too small, and reading manuals alone is a bit of a difficult task let alone magazines/books/comics.

    I hope that Nintendo so move away from making a 100% dedicated gaming console though. In this day and age it looks like they’ll pretty much have to to increase their market share. It’s a shame but it’s true, and I want Nintendo to do well!

    • Well when you think about it, the Power Glove is what the Wii is today complete with sensor bar etc. The 3DS is just the Virtua Boy re-invented as well. You never know what the Big N has up their sleeve, but they have proved if you don’t suceed the first time wait 10+ years and bring it out again!!!

  • The tablet controller? Allowing the screen to be used for game guides while playing old games sounds like a good idea. But nothing else will work (The prototypes at least use Infrared and have very,very little internal storage (and that’s volatile storage)

    And the 3DS? Sure try it, but do you really want to read a book on a 3DS?

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