Nintendo developing Nintendo Network

There’s been speculation on the matter ever since Wii U’s reveal at last year’s E3, but now it’s official. Nintendo is building itself a Nintendo Network, to be compatible with both Wii U and the 3DS.

The reveal comes from a message from CEO Satoru Iwata who says that Wii U will have a “personal account system,” which will, fingers crossed, work similarly to its competitors’ individual accounts. Post-launch DLC for packaged games is also in. Plus, downloading full Wii U games down the line could well happen, as the company is “considering the future possibility of digital distribution of packaged software.”

Iwata also said some words on Wii U’s recently confirmed 2012 launch: “For the launch of new hardware, it is regarded as a sort of requisite not to miss the critical year-end sales season. The company is aiming to firmly complete the development of the entire system and prepare sufficient software so that the Wii U will be at its best at the time of the launch.”