Miiverse Is Meant To Be A Social Network For The Wii U and 3DS

By Ishaan . August 23, 2012 . 2:31pm

Nintendo’s online Miiverse service, which is in development for the Wii U (and eventually the Nintendo 3DS), has two goals. The first, as shared by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, earlier this year, is to increase game sales.


Miiverse will not be a service for which you’ll have to pay a subscription fee. Instead, Nintendo feel that Miiverse will increase revenue in a different way—by allowing users to recommend games to one another, and thus, increasing their exposure among the Wii U userbase.


“In short, we expect that online services will contribute to our profits in the form of increasing the number of games to be sold for one platform,” Iwata stated at an investor Q&A back in June.


The other goal, Iwata tells Kotaku, is to allow Wii U users to feel like they aren’t alone, and that they have someone to keep them company, even if they aren’t playing a multiplayer game. Iwata wants to create an “empathy” among players, where people can share their game experiences, tips and stories with one another, just as we once did on the playground with friends, and now do via social-networking services like Twitter or Facebook.


“Of course we’re going to have that service of head-to-head [multiplayer, when you are] on at the same time playing games against each other,” Iwata says, “but what we really want to do is create a place where folks who are playing by themselves will not feel like they are playing by themselves. They’ll be able to share those experiences and have that empathy that we mentioned earlier.”


Due to this, Miiverse is being designed as a social network of sorts to facilitate this kind of communication on the Wii U, and will also be brought to the Nintendo 3DS at some point. However, the service will be accessible not just through Nintendo consoles, but also via the PC and phones, as it is largely browser-based.


Nintendo are on to something with Miiverse. The idea of asynchronous multiplayer or communication that doesn’t directly involve teaming up or fighting with someone else is catching on with a lot of developers, both in the console and mobile space. Dark Souls is one recent prominent example of this.

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  • James Beatty

    Miiverse looks really cool. I like the idea of it, let’s hope that it will work as well as they have been saying. 

  • SirRichard

    Again, my main concern is if it’s going to be intrusive; they talk up the bit about never being alone even when playing alone, but you’re going to seriously take the wind out of the sails of a dramatic scene if it’s immediately followed with a bunch of colourful text boxes featuring cheery Miis and “OMG NO WAI :OOOO”.

    The thing that makes me worry about this is that footage from E3; the Mario game with the Miiverse comments included in-game before levels and all. Hopefully that isn’t a forced thing, because frankly I don’t want to hear what Charlie on the other end of the planet had to say about World 1-1.

    On the other hand, the service does essentially permit flash mobs to advertise games, so we don’t have excuses about letting the unknowns fail this time!

    • You just sound pessimistic as hell for the sake of it. When is stuff like this ever forced? There are always privacy settings/options for you to turn off notifications, messages, etc in games and on social network. Do you really think Nintendo is gonna force pop-ups on you in the middle of mission in Assassins Creed or at the climax of Zelda game? Come on.

      • SirRichard

        Except there isn’t always options to turn off notifications, you can’t turn off the Trophy notifications on the PS3 for instance. And given how much they stand out, that Nintendo haven’t mentioned any sort of way to turn it off is concerning, and given how they’ve approached online gaming thus far I would not be surprised if they did just that.

        • Shane Guidaboni

           Trophy notifications rarely pop up. It’s not like they’re happening every 5 minutes. On PSN you can turn off all other notifications.

          • SirRichard

            No, but some devs aren’t the best with timing and they end up popping up with a cheery bing just when they don’t fit. It’s a niggle, really, given that they’re small and out of the way normally.

        • Hinataharem

          I’m sorry but that sounds really nitpicky. They hardly take up any part of the screen, aren’t very loud, aren’t very common, and last for no more than 2 seconds.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Trophies were an example of a notification that you can’t turn off. I don’t think anybody would call them intrusive and he says below that they’re “small and out of the way”.

            He was saying that if you can’t turn those off, it’s possible that you won’t be able to turn off the notifications on the Wii U either and, from what was shown at E3, those are significantly more visible than the PS3’s Trophy notification.

    • Locklear93

      Yeah, this feature is the very essence of something I’d turn off IMMEDIATELY.  Even if/when messages are strictly shown based on people I know, like Diablo 3’s toasts for friend achievements, I kill this sort of feature.  I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up being popular, but it’s a massive DO NOT WANT for me, personally.  I don’t tend to want other people’s input in games I’m not playing with other people.

      •  You get the message alerts when you die and fall pray to the Black Screen of Death known as GAME OVER  Leh Sheezus people..

    • Peeka Chu

      Have to agree.  I find message alerts about as intrusive as I can handle.  Often if I’m playing a rather engrossing game, I log out of Live/ PSN/ whatever.  Even in MMORPGs, I minimize or hide group and zone chat unless I’m in a group.  I’m not antisocial, but I am “selectively” social :)  I play games to relax, not to read incessant twitter feeds about people’s unimportant minutia.

      As long as it can be disabled, there shouldn’t be an issue though. 

  • Hmmm seems interesting to me. I have my GN “friemds” on my 3DS and I guess I will try to get my Siliconera friends on Wii U. Then if I am able to use miiverse to connect them and merge them together that would be cool.

  • I like what I’m hearing. My Wii never felt connected and I never expected it too what with Wiis broken online. When I finally got my PS3 I expected to finally enter this online gaming community everyone like to hype up. All it turned out to be was adding a bunch of friends I never bother to communicate with on the system.

    A one way portal where everyone can talk about the games together is gonna be really neat and might make it easier to set up multiplayer.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    so its like  Wii-Twitter? I’m great playing multiplayer is going to be a cake walk

  • Herok♞

    Sounds awesome but my only concern is potential spoilers with the system because someone could say something that ruins the story.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      Dude!! I just beat New super Mario bros U!!!  you had to save Princess Peach and fight Bowser   in his clown-car thing. 

      Me:(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

      • Herok♞

        But you always fight Bowser in a unique way, I didn’t know he had his clown car in this one my day has been ruined.
        Seriously that will be someone’s argument and I am talking if someone said that in the beginning of the game, like imagine SMB2 someone would tell us it was a dream before we started.

        • ShawnOtakuSomething

          I was just giving a meaning to what you said *NSMB wiiU isnt out yet* and  I think we will see alot of that 

          • Herok♞

             I really though you were just being sarcastic because Mario games are predictable.

          • ShawnOtakuSomething

            I see what you did there

    • James Beatty

      I heard that spoilers will be moderated, not sure to what extent though

    • I believe when they first announced this back at E3 they said posted messages, etc. could take 30 mins or more to be posted because they will be checked for spoilers and stuff like that.

      It’s good and bad. Good because I guess spoilers will be stopped but bad because that is way too long to have a message posted. With the speed the net moves at today that’s just too long of a time and sort of ruins the whole service.

      • Herok♞

         Well, thats better then nothing plus I think it will still have normal pming.

        • Yeah, that’s true. I guess its just something extra anyways and they will improve it as they go along.

  • Anthony Black

    I like the idea, but hopefully you will be able to turn it on and off at will without needing to disable internet on your WiiU entirely every time.

  • Solomon_Kano

    I’m more interested in seeing this at work on 3DS than Wii U, oddly. I just can’t see myself wanting a bunch of people’s comments popping up on my screen while I’m playing. Especially with the potential for spoilers and such, since I can’t imagine them being able to weed those out. Being that the 3DS doesn’t have as much real estate, I can’t imagine they’ll have it work in the same fashion as on Wii U, so I’m interested to see if they approach it differently.

    • LittleMofreaky

      NSMBU will be the only game that does that. There’s no way any other game would allow that.

      • Solomon_Kano

        And you’re sure of this?

        • It’s not like they have the data on hand that could be easily referenced or replicated if they wanted-Oh…

  • LittleMofreaky

    video calling mid-game is gonna be rad

    • Nanashrew

       as long as i don’t have to call anyone grandpa.

  • In other words, It’s Nintendo’s version of Facebook…

  • $30632660

    All I ask is for no friendcodes.I don’t want to type in a lot of numbers for someone with a 3 letter name.

    • Niermyico

      They would probably have the option in adding people with a press of a few clicks just like PSN (and 360).

      It could be worst though. I rather type in numbers rather to type a person who’s name may go by as: xXx_ph1hr0eXecu7ion_xXx. >_>;

  • keithmaxx

    The way you can easily access Miiverse from other browser-based platforms is definitely a great idea, as it’ll give people more time and opportunity to access the service and communicate with fellow players even while away from their console.

  • XypherCode

    I could really see a lot of potential in this service.

  • Ryan Sinclair

    It sounds really neat but I’d rather it be 3DS and WiiU exclusive instead of accessible on cell phones and the PC/Mac. 

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