Just a few weeks ago we finally learned more about the new account system that will act as a replacement for the current Nintendo Network ID’s supported by the Wii U and 3DS. In a stealth release, Nintendo has opened up the registration site for this new service, but only to those in Japan.

The fittingly named Nintendo Accounts will make it a lot easier for users to see their eShop purchase history across both platforms. It’s unclear right now if this means Nintendo fans will finally be able to purchase digital games without having to worry about losing them all if their individual console breaks down, but it definitely seems like a step in the right direction.

Not only that but you’ll also be able to purchase digital games via Nintendo’s official website and have them download automatically to your system.

To encourage people to sign up, Nintendo of Japan has launched a promotion alongside the new service, where until February 1st those who spend over 1000 yen in a day will get a 100 yen coupon back in exchange. It will be interesting to see if the Western branches of Nintendo have a similar scheme planned.

Nintendo Accounts are the first half of Nintendo’s initiative to refresh their online services; the second half is their Club Nintendo replacement, My Nintendo, which will be released in March 2016. Many speculate the revisions are making way for the enigmatic NX, by giving it an online infrastructure similar to the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live.

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