Five things I want Nintendo to do:
1. Unification of the Nintendo Network ID to include Wii U, 3DS, and Wii hardware - Why? No-one should have to pay full price to download a game they have already bought for another Nintendo hardware device they own. For example, Virtual Console games would benefit from this. If I bought Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels on my Wii, I should be able to download it for free on my 3DS without paying full price again. It would be dead easy to implement. The NNID owner registers their 3DS and Wii Console Codes. Alongside that, all purchase history can also be linked to their Club Nintendo Account. Simple idea in theory right?
2. Use Nintendo Network ID's as legal ID when accessing data on the eShop - We do not live in Germany, and despite there being German Youth Protection laws in place, they do not apply to customers outside of Germany. Germany does not govern the European Union, and there was none of this debacle in the first place. Compromises can be made, and we as a territorial region hate being shafted because of setbacks like this. It seems to many that due to these laws, Nintendo (and Germany) do not trust their consumers in terms of their age, and that's a big minus. We know how old we are, and NNID's force you to put in your date of birth. Yes you can falsify that, but once you've created your account, that's it, you can't change your Date of Birth details. Failing that, Nintendo should split their eShop servers across the whole of the European Union. They already have HQ's in other European countries (such as here in the UK), and it wouldn't cost them too much to do either.
3. Bring out the big guns - Wii's had its swansong last year with two absolutely awesome games in The Last Story and Pandora's Tower. We're expecting Pikmin 3 and The Wonderful 101 on the Wii U front, but with last year being more a transitional year in the gaming industry with very few super-selling blockbusters compared to 2010 and 2011, it's been the indie devs that have wowed us the most. The 3DS is beginning to snowball in popularity with many getting one over this past Christmas period so this year can be Nintendo's year to capitalise and lay not only a solid foundation for the Wii U, but also force Sony and Microsoft into pre-emptive gestures. Also, bring out the full-library of Virtual Console games from Wii onto Wii U, and bring out GameCube Virtual Console support too. On the 3DS front? SNES, Megadrive, and PC-Engine (Turbografx) support is more than possible, so make it happen. This year is tailor made for Nintendo to excel. Your move, Nintendo.
4. Promote cross-play promotional offers - Something Sony has initiated with Sony Smash Bros is if you buy the PS3 version, you get a one-time use download code for your Vita version providing it's linked to the same PSN account. This is where Nintendo needs to unify the NNID's to account for all Nintendo hardware you own. Let's use Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate as the prime example. The Wii U version may be out for £50, and the 3DS version for £40. If Nintendo offer a 3DS one-time use download code alongside the Wii U version, everybody wins. You can't argue that Nintendo would lose money on 3DS hard sales because not everyone owns a Wii U yet. Better still, if they did this and Wii U sales went through the roof, it bodes well for their future games as well.
5. Region-free gaming - Yes, I'm being far too optimistic but quite frankly I don't give a cows arse about region locking. All region locking does is protect territorial sales, and in a world where the longer the bridges, the taller the walls are, this needs to be addressed. The DS was region free, as were non-DSi/3DS enhanced DS games, but to region lock 3DS games is absurd. Yes, region lock the eShop if you're that bothered about territorial sales, but for hard copies of games, make the systems region free. Same goes for Wii U. Also, Wii U Game Pads being region locked to work with the same region systems? Seriously, that's so full of fail that I think Iwata-san's on the slow boat to China with a plank of wood as his oar.
A bonus thing I want Nintendo to do? Media player for Wii U. The system's tailor made for it. Release a media player for say £10 that allows you to play music, view photos, and watch videos from your External Hard Drive, as well as codec support for DVD's and Blu-Ray Discs. If the Homebrew scene can get this part working fine on Wii then there's no reason that Nintendo can't do this themselves. Again, your move, Nintendo.