Techland takes a look at the new Nintendo Network, Nintendo’s new online service for the 3DS and Wii U. Will it be enough to take on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, or will Nintendo continue on their downward spiral?
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Nintendo says it’s finally going to get with the program and release an honest-to-goodness online gaming service, dubbed “Nintendo Network,” that’ll cover both the Wii U and 3DS. Hooray, I think.
Say what you will about Microsoft’s Xbox 360 (and Microsoft’s affection for overpriced peripherals, like the legendary $100 USB Wi-Fi adapter), its Xbox LIVE gaming network may be the singular reason the PlayStation 3′s still in Redmond’s rearview mirror. In its 2011 summary, Microsoft claimed it had 40 million Xbox LIVE members worldwide, out of 66 million Xbox 360 consoles sold. If we assume the 66 million figure’s actually high based on significant preliminary system failure and replacement rates — the so-called “red ring of death” — that LIVE membership figure looks even more impressive.
Sony, by contrast, claimed it had upwards of 70 million registered PSN users when it was hacked (to the nines) last April, but the number of paying members using its premium PlayStation Plus service, which launched in June 2010, is probably a fraction of Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE gold-tier base. LIVE remains the model to beat.