In a new video from Nintendo Direct, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata user accounts and the Nintendo Network ID on Wii U.
"A game console is often shared among multiple family members, so a user account should be created by each Wii U player" explains Iwata in the video. "These accounts are known as 'users' in Wii U."
Each Wii U console can accomodate as many as twelve unique users, with a custom Mii representing each one.
The console's user accounts are used to save user-specific game settings, save data, Internet browser bookmarks, and that player's software use history.
Iwata-san also discusses the need for users to have a Nintendo Network ID so they may have access to the Wii U's Nintendo-specific online capabilities such as eShop and video chat functionality.
"Purchases made in Nintendo eShop are managed by Nintendo Network ID, so downloaded software and add-on content purchased in Nintendo eShop can be played by all users registered on that console," stated the Nintendo President.
Finally, current Wii owners will be able to transfer game save data and downloaded Virtual Console and WiiWare titles from the outgoing Nintendo console to the Wii U via an SD card.
Set for release on November 18, Nintendo is releasing two versions of its Wii U video game console. The standard Wii U system retails for $299.99 and comes with the white Wii U console with an 8GB HDD, a Wii U GamePad controller, an HDMI Cable, Sensor Bar, and 2 AC Adaptors (one each for the console and GamePad). The deluxe system retails for $349.99 and comes with a black 32GB version of the console, all off the aforementioned accessories and plugs, a Wii U GamePad cradle, a Wii U console vertical stand, and the Nintendo Land video game.