Nintendo Network

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Nintendo Network logo
The Nintendo Network logo

The Nintendo Network is an online gameplay network for Nintendo consoles that acts similarly to Sony's PlayStation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live, providing online play for compatible games on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. The first public appearance of the Nintendo Network was on January 20, 2012, when an image of the box art for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy was shown with a Nintendo Network icon. The service was officially announced on January 26, 2012, and became available later that year.

The Nintendo Network is the second online network created by Nintendo, after the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection (which launched during the release of Mario Kart DS). Unlike its predecessor, which focused on specific functionalities within games and a largely de-centralized environment, Nintendo Network aimed to establish a central platform where consumer services, such as user accounts and Miiverse, were connected. While Nintendo Network offers similar features to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, including online gaming, digital purchases, and downloadable content, it is also used for additional features such as updates, sending gameplay data statistics, and user account control.

Nintendo dropped long-term plans for the Nintendo Network after establishing their partnership with DeNA, which helped them develop the single sign-on Nintendo Account system, My Nintendo, and other online services that function beyond Nintendo's own hardware. The service will be terminated in early April 2024, discontinuing online play and other functionalities that use online communication for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U software,[1] and was succeeded by Nintendo Switch Online for the Nintendo Switch.

Super Mario-related games with Nintendo Network functionality[edit]

Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Wii U[edit]

Game gallery[edit]

Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Wii U[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ニンテンドーネットワーク
Nintendō Nettowāku
Nintendo Network
Chinese 任天堂网络服务
Rèntiāntáng Wǎngluòfúwù
Nintendo Network Service
Italian Nintendo Network -
Korean 닌텐도 네트워크
Nintendo Neteuwokeu
Nintendo Network
Russian Нинтендо Нетворк
Nintendo Netvork
Spanish Nintendo Network -


  1. ^ Nintendo of America (October 4, 2023). [1] Twitter.