Nintendo's annual shareholder's meeting this week was notably devoid of any major surprises for their hardware lineup, but CEO Satoru Iwata did address a few questions regarding the upcoming 3DS XL handheld and Wii U console.
We learned earlier this month that Nintendo would be keeping the unpopular Friend Code system, though Iwata had insisted the new "Miiverse" would significantly simplify the process by eliminating the need to manually input these cumbersome codes.
On a brighter note for future Wii U owners, the online service will likely remain free. While Nintendo is has entertained the idea of using a paid service for their devices, Iwata believes a paid membership service just isn't the best solution.
A translation of the meeting transcript reads:
Iwata said that he doesn't necessarily reject the idea of a paid service that allows not just Wii U but various other devices to connect to Nintendo Network. However, when considering Nintendo's users, a paid membership service is not the best approach. By having everyone use the Miiverse together, word of mouth will more easily spread. This will lead to greater hardware and software sales.
On the subject of better third party support for the Wii U -- something the Wii sorely suffered from -- Iwata noted a desire to build stronger relations with other companies, which Nintendo is currently working toward.
For those of you still sour about the recent 3DS XL announcement, rest assured that the company has no current plans to release any new 3DS models in the near future. Iwata thinks that having too many options on the market would only confuse consumers.