Nintendo Co. this week said the Wii U console and the Nintendo 3DS will share a unified eshop account for online transactions.

Consumer website gonintendo this week reported that Nintendo will implement a unified account system for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS to facilitate online purchases from the Nintendo eShop according to a consumer representative.

The unified account will be valid in U.S. and Canada territories.

The Wii U will be released in 2012.

The Wii U GamePad allows users to transfer gameplay to the controller screen, or use the added screen to relay menu items.

It includes a 6.2-inch, 16:9 touch screen that allows users to transfer gameplay to the controller screen, or use the added screen to relay menu items.

Additionally features include Wii U controller web browsing and video call chat.

The hardware will be fully backwards compatible with the Wii.

Finally, the hardware will include a social component called Miiverse to allow users to chat and view the status of other players.

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