Nintendo details Wii U system features, Miiverse
posted on 11.07.12 at 07:38 AM EST by (@salromano)
Latest Nintendo Direct discusses Wii U before launch.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata detailed Wii U’s Miiverse feature during a Japanese Nintendo Direct broadcast this morning.

Upon start-up, players are greeted on the TV screen with the WaraWara Plaza, and on the Wii U GamePad with a Wii Channel-like user interface. In WaraWara, players can see what friends are playing and read their comments and drawings.

To begin using the system, the player must first create a Wii U user account, which is tied to game settings, save data, internet bookmarks, and play history. But before entering the WaraWara Plaza, the Wii U GamePad will display a user select screen. A single Wii U can hold up to 12 users.

To access online features such as the eShop, Miiverse, or video chat, the player must create a Nintendo Network ID (this will replace Friend Codes). Registration requires the basics: password, birthday, gender, residence, and e-mail address. eShop purchases made through one Nintendo Network account will be playable by others on the same system. The platform itself is accessible not only on Wii U, but on smartphones and PCs, as well, and will be integrated in future Nintendo platforms.

For more details on Miiverse, see the today-published Iwata Asks column.

A promotional video featuring New Super Mario Bros. 2 highlighted some of Wii U’s Miiverse features. Using the home button, the player can access Miiverse while still in-game, and post to a game-specific board (in this case, Mario) to ask for help, help other players, post screenshots, and find new friends to follow. Spoiler comments can even be managed. In the game itself, comments can be seen in various places, such as the world map. If you keep dying, you’ll be asked if you’d like to post to Miiverse. Or, if we look at Nintendo Land, we can see comments and drawings from users in the plaza area.

Iwata briefly video-chatted with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime via Wii U Chat. During their discussion, Iwata demonstrated how players can draw on the GamePad screen while the video chat is in session.

Wii U will add its Internet Browser, Miiverse, and the Nintendo eShop via a large day-one update. Be prepared with an internet connection upon start-up.

Also mentioned during the broadcast, Wii owners will be able to move their WiiWare and Virtual Console games to Wii U. This process will be explained in detail at a later date.

Watch the full Nintendo Direct below.

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  • Heistt

    Does this mean Friend Codes are gone? Please be so.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Yup!

  • http://www.facebook.com/wtfits.gardner Cat Flames

    They have got to start linking games to accounts I no longer have my Wii and have allot of digital games I would like to download again which I fully paid for. With PSN and XLB if you sold your console but one day decide to get another one you can simply login to your account and download your games.. is that not the point nintendo? Please do not fail us.

  • http://Flickr.com/mdemolish Demolish

    Sure Sure Sure Buy it & i love black Wii U more than white  <3

  • usagi_san

    Still not sold on the Wii U, at the moment. However, the Nintendo Network ID is a massive step in the right direction for Nintendo. Hopefully the ID will be accessible through the 3DS (which it should be, since 3DS games now come with the Nintendo Network logo now).

  • fallen

    I’m still surprised by how close to launch features like this are being explained. I’m worried they might be pushing this out early to hit the holiday season. Hopefully I’ll be proven wrong and this is just Nintendo exhibiting their usual vagueness.

    • http://twitter.com/trogdor696 trogdor696

      all features will be there at launch

  • InternatlGamer3

    THANK GOD Nintendo you have no Friend Code. Now i’m a bit more convinced to get this Console. But i’ll hold out and buy this in 2014. For me buying a PS4 comes 1st. 

  • Skerj

    Ok the in-game Miiverse stuff is cool as hell, like some odd mix of the Souls games and Steam. I didn’t even expect Nintendo to have functioning community features up, much less ones that appear to outclass the other consoles. Now if only I could get word on custom soundtracks.

    • InsaneChronos

      Miiverse had outclassed Live and PSN? Are you sane? О_о

    • GetOffMy_Lawn

      I think it might be a tad early to say this service “outclasses” Live and PSN, considering no one has had actual hands-on experience with it…

  • InsaneChronos

    What about a multiplayer service? Or the whole Miiverse is just a some parody of Twitter?

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    Not worth it till next year or later when it gets a price cut. Probably pick up PS Orbis before this because it will be a true next gen console just like the next Xbox.

    (Prodigy-X 1/12/13)

    • http://twitter.com/trogdor696 trogdor696

      with 5 major exclusives in the launch window its worth it now

      why is ps orbit worth it though when you know nothing about it?

      fanboy

      • KingOptimusOrigins111

        PlayStation makes quality games. Nintendo Wii U is filled with ports that I already have or can get on my PS3. Wii U hasn’t shown me any graphical leap at all. I’m tired of the same old franchises from Nintendo where as PlayStation offer new ips around the corner. PlayStation Orbis is going to destroy the Wii U because its going to be a true Next Gen console. The only good game I see from the Wii U is Bayonetta 2. Nintendo Land is not PlayStation Home level. 

        Why is the Wii U worth it when they just going to turn it into casual console in 2 years?

        • FlameEmperor

          You do realize that these are only launch titles correct? Nintendo WILL release more games for the system later. Ps3 launched with ports of other games too along with some exclusives. Give the system some time and better games will be out for it o.o Monster Hunter and Bayonetta 2 will be out for it next year, looking forward to those.

          • KingOptimusOrigins111

            And that is why I said after the PS4 releases next year.

            • FlameEmperor

              But nothing about the Ps4 has been announced, so can you please tell me where you got the info it will be released next year from?

              • KingOptimusOrigins111

                Because it is likely to with all these rumors if you haven’t notice.

                • FlameEmperor

                  Rumors not official announcements. I never take rumors seriously until they’re confirmed to be real nor make assumptions based on those rumors. It would be nice if the Ps4 actually comes out next year but I’ll wait on Sony’s announcement to confirm the date.

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    Its pretty obvious PlayStation Home is much better :)

    • Alex

      Playstation
      Home would have been awesome, IF it had been the PS3s main OS. But the
      fact I rarely use it because I have to THINK about going on it, then
      wait 5 minutes for it to load, it destroys the experience.

      Then there is the fact they never implemented the main social
      features such as being able to view your game earned trophies in a 3D
      trophy room, share photos/video on TVs in your private space, charged a
      small fortune for your apartments, etc. In the end, there just isn’t
      much point to it all.

      The fact the Wii U actually boots into this from the start is a big
      deal. It means that even if you don’t think you are interested in it,
      there is a chance you will spot a message you find interesting and be
      encouraged to reply. That is something which has never EVER happened
      to me in Playstation Home, people are mostly just messing about with no
      real interesting conversation going on.

      • KingOptimusOrigins111

        It does not take 5 minutes, It only takes me 2 mins to hop in it. There is nothing wrong with the home UI at all. My experience has been awesome with PlayStation Home. 

        The social features such as being able to view your game earned trophies in a 3D trophy room, & share photos/video on TVs in your private space have been useful. In the end there is a point to it because you can earn rewards that adds more to your clothes, accessories, & more. Customizing your apartment is a good thing regardless if you have to pay for the items. 

        The fact is it would be stupid to turn on the PS3 and already be in PlayStation Home. I’m pretty sure most people would want to turn on their system and have a menu to look at. That is something that is common and needs to stay like that forever because it keeps everything organized. Its a gaming console why would people want to talk about their personal life in PlayStation Home? obviously that would be boring. Its more fun to talk about sports, movies you watched lately, funniest thing you saw the other day, or your favorite TV shows you watch and more to your friends in home like I see a lot of people do in home. Not “Oh the other day my girl friend broke up with me blah blah blah” that is boring to hear. The point is PlayStation Home is better.

  • FlameEmperor

    Getting the Wii U for sure….. I just want to hear about a new Metroid on the Wii U e.e already expecting a Zelda to appear later and that new Smash Bros <3!!!!

  • PrinceHeir

    love these kind of features :D

    despite not using them heh :

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    Its GetOffMy_Lawn opinion why are you disagreeing with people who don’t believe its better than PSN and Live.

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    PS4 doesn’t even have a price and its more than likely $400 since Sony wants to make it affordable like in the last rumor said.