The Daily has reported today that the Wii U’s online store will have a greater selection of applications, many of them non-games, suggesting that programs like MLB.TV will be available for use on the console its tablet controller. The site speculates that email, social networking sites, and web browsing could be be available for viewing on the controller as well, but it unsure whether the Wii U’s store will accept real currency or will require points, much like XBLA.
Considering that Nintendo has always insisted on marching to their own drum, despite the advancement of Sony and Microsoft with the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, a sudden move to using a digital distribution network seems uncharacteristic of the company. Would Wii U apps be tied to a system or a Nintendo account? These are questions, and as Nintendo readies itself to foray into the dangerous world of downloadable content, rumors like this don’t seem so far-fetched.