Nintendo has been receiving a fair amount of criticism throughout the beginning of this new console generation for strongly encouraging consumers to download games directly from the Nintendo eShop and then not having a unified account system to allow those consumers to transfer their games from one system to another, a feature which is obviously achievable with a retail copy simply by moving a disc or cartridge from one slot to the next. Dan Adelman, Nintendo of America’s Head of Business Development, recently chatted a bit with Destructoid about this issue, and unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it will be getting better anytime soon.
The best Adelman had to say was that Nintendo of Japan, where infrastructure development of this variety generally takes place, is “very much aware” of the unified accounts problem, and the worst he had to say was that Nintendo has nothing to announce with regards to fixing it.
“We don’t have anything new to announce, unfortunately, other than we’ve definitely heard that feedback many times from both inside and outside the company. It’s definitely something that we’re very much aware of. All development for the infrastructure really happens out of Japan, so we’ve kind of communicated this need in the market, and they’re very much aware of it and working towards really just always improving the eShop.” — Dan Adelman
Of course, this doesn’t mean Nintendo is literally just twiddling their thumbs with regards to this issue, but it does mean that we’ll probably have to wait a while before we here anything solid.