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Nintendo Reveals Wii U's Miiverse Social Network 183

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chrb writes "Nintendo has announced that its new Wii U console will feature a social network called the Miiverse in which users can video chat, see what others are playing, share game content and swap tips." And with a nod to Zawinski's Law, "The redesigned Wii U GamePad features dual sticks, a touch screen that supports finger and stylus interaction, motion and gyroscope sensors, and the ability to act as a TV remote. The Wii U GamePad has its own dedicated Web browser and can share images and video to a TV so that everyone can enjoy the shared content."
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Nintendo Reveals Wii U's Miiverse Social Network

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 04, 2012 @12:13AM (#40205791)

    Xbox also has video chatting... no crazy baseless lawsuits about that yet.

    The Wii only allowed people to add friends if both people, on both sides, did so. There were no friend requests. I assume Wii U will either do that for everyone, or will have some similar mode of operation for child accounts. (the Xbox 360 and PS3 both block video and voice comm for child accounts, IIRC)

  • by Zuriel (1760072) on Monday June 04, 2012 @12:42AM (#40205885)

    Watching the Wii on a HDTV now is *just painful.*

    Just plugging it into a modern TV can be difficult. The stock composite cables produce a pathetic image with distortion all over the place [google.com]. You need component to even do 480p. Not having a HDMI port is terrible, I bought a more expensive AV receiver with component inputs specifically to accommodate my Wii.

    Low resolution in a cartoon-y Mario game is fine. Lack of connectivity isn't.

  • Re:Monster cable (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 04, 2012 @09:44AM (#40208087)

    Monoprice has a component cable for the Wii for less than $3. It works fine, I have one.

    http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=10830&cs_id=1083007&p_id=5689&seq=1&format=2

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