Like on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, an Origin account will be required to play EA's Wii U games online. Users will be able to link their Nintendo Network ID with their Origin account, allowing for online play and potentially cross-platform social features in future games that support it.
"That's no different than the user experience of the past several years of internet-connected game consoles and online services for games. To play the online features of our games, users need to create a user ID and account with EA. Since Origin was launched in June 2011, creating an EA account means you are creating an Origin account."
Earlier today Nintendo confirmed that Wii U will allow up to 12 user accounts per console, and use a new Nintendo Network ID system for users to connect and play online.
The online features will require a day-one Wii U system update, which will install Miiverse, Wii U Chat, Nintendo TVii (North America) and the system's eShop.
The Wii U will be available on November 18 in North America and November 30 in Europe. A basic and premium edition will be available, as well as a ZombiU bundle.
The basic pack includes a white Wii U console with 8GB of memory, a Wii U GamePad, an AC adapter and an HDMI cable.
The Premium set will offer the system in black with 32GB of memory, a copy of Nintendo Land, Wii U sensor bar, a GamePad charging cradle, stands for the GamePad and console and Nintendo Network Premium membership.
Nintendo recently launched its Wii U advertising campaign ahead of this month's launch.
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