Nintendo said Monday that it has sold 5 million 3DS handheld game consoles in Japan, which it says makes the device the country's fastest-selling game platform.
The Nintendo Network will reportedly offer user accounts, online multiplayer games, downloadable add-ons, and eventually full game downloads.
Nintendo had hoped its latest dual-screen handheld, which launched in February of last year, would maintain the success of the DS.
Nintendo says it sold 12 million total hardware units, Wii and 3DS sales combined, in the U.S. in 2011.
Nintendo already offers app repositories through the Wii Shop and DSi Shop, but some sources suggest a full-blown app store will accompany the Wii U release.
Another handheld take on the Nintendo GameCube has debuted in the underground modding community, and it even comes with its own music video.
Nintendo has published an official Zelda timeline that ties all the games together using a convoluted time travel story. But even though it's canon, is it actually any good?
Tech companies go to painstaking lengths to keep new products confidential with "secret" product codenames. Here's an insider's look at some of the most unusual codenames.
UPDATE: The Sony PlayStation Vita is well-positioned to avoid the struggles of its main handheld rival, Nintendo's 3DS, Sony says.