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Nintendo Reveals Wii U's Miiverse Social Network 183

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 djdanlib ( 732853 ) on Sunday June 03, 2012 @11:58PM (#40205725) Homepage

    Some people apparently only want a system if it has HD graphics. Because, you know, all that crapware and those old-school emulated games look so much better in HD. And BRB, no-scoping some noobs that said they slept with my mother.

    Please. I want fun games. How about these:

    Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was amazing. The sound of arrows going from your controller to the screen... genius.

    Warioware was great for springing on your unsuspecting friends.

    Mario Galaxy was a head trip every time gravity wasn't straight down.

    Geometry Wars with point-at-the-screen action... zen.

    Super Smash Brothers Brawl: Best in series IMO.

    Emulating a zillion classic console games flawlessly? Check. That classic controller.

    New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the friendship killer. Good times. For me.

    Let's just conveniently forget about Wii Music, the Kirby yarn game, Chocobo Dungeon, and the horribly botched Monkey Ball game... yikes, that game played like it had absolutely no QA.

  • Greedo sued first (Score:5, Insightful)

    by fragMasterFlash ( 989911 ) on Monday June 04, 2012 @12:11AM (#40205787)
    So which incumbent social media giant will drag Nintendo into litigation over patent infringement first?
  • Re:Irrelevant (Score:4, Insightful)

    by the_nightwulf ( 1003306 ) on Monday June 04, 2012 @12:25AM (#40205837)

    I moved on from Nintendo after I played Mario Kart 96 and Zelda 47.

    Went back to Halo 67, Rock Guitar Band Hero 82, and Call of Duty 391, eh?

    Oh, and Final Fantasy MCMX-37 part 24 disc 13.

    How about Resident Evil 113?

    Street Fighter 602 Gamma EX Super Turbo Edition perhaps?

    Crash Bandicoot Bros. Racer part 88? Ok, that's really stretching.

    I never understood people's incessant bitching about Nintendo milking their best franchises. Please name the companies that don't. Wouldn't be much of a company if they didn't.

  • Re:Irrelevant (Score:3, Insightful)

    by MogNuts ( 97512 ) on Monday June 04, 2012 @12:47AM (#40205903)

    You know what is scary? I think competition for that 6 year old is the iPad. You're right, you'd think a family wouldn't want social for their kids. But I can't tell you how many little kids have their parents buy them iPads. It's scary. And not even the cheapest one. We're talking they have to have the 64 GB 3G one that's like what, $1000?

    Now, I think it's more being a bad parent or a case of being lazy and just caving to a whiny kid, but that's another story.

  • Re:Irrelevant (Score:5, Insightful)

    by MobileTatsu-NJG ( 946591 ) on Monday June 04, 2012 @03:35AM (#40206485)

    Mario was in 12 games starring him in 21 years. Final fantasy did 14 over 23 years.

    It's even murkier than that. Look at Super Mario Brothers, then 2, then 3, then Super Mario World, then Super Mario 64, then Super Mario Sunshine, then Super Mario Galaxy. You don't play *any* of those games the same way. I don't mean that they have expanded levels or extra features, I mean the skills you learn from 2 don't directly apply to 3. Compare this to Grand Theft Auto 3, Vice City, and San Andreas. Sure, there are additions and improvements along the way, but you could be driving around Liberty City then suddenly materialize in Vice City and there wouldn't even be a hiccup in the gameplay.

    I realize some of you are tired of hearing the name "Mario". I get it, no prob. But if you're going to rake anybody over the coals over video game sequelitis, is it really going to be Nintendo []? There's a difference between having a game that has "Mario" in the title and creating a sequel. Super Mario Galaxy II is a sequel to Super Mario Galaxy. Super Mario Galaxy is in the same franchise as Super Mario Sunshine. See how Galaxy isn't called Super Mario Bros. 7?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 04, 2012 @04:38AM (#40206679)

    I must be reading a comment from about four years ago. Since the launch of the Wii, Sony has launched the Move and MS has launched the kinect. Regardless of them being innovations or evolutions or something totally new, they exist as a direct result of the success of the Wii and the Wii remote.

  • The WII is fine (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Charliemopps ( 1157495 ) on Monday June 04, 2012 @07:50AM (#40207307)
    All of the Nintendo haters need to calm down. I started playing Nintendo at the age of 6 or 7. When I was that age we WERE Nintendos customers. Most importantly we could actually play the games Nintendo was putting out. Now that I'm a father, and stick my son in front of any console on the market that's not a Nintendo and expect them to play a game? It's impossible. In fact, anyone that isn't a 16-35yr old male that's played video games for most of their life is going to have trouble grasping most games these days. Nintendo realized that and hence the WII. My kids can play it. My mom can play it. There's nothing wrong with that. This is what Nintendo always was. They realized that if they kept chasing the other console companies the industry would eventually paint itself into a corner. Is it for the hardcore gamer that plays nothing but FPS all day? No... but that's ok. There's room for what they've done... a lot of room.
  • by Daetrin ( 576516 ) on Monday June 04, 2012 @10:11AM (#40208375)
    Let's see if i've got this all figured out.

    Nintendo: Kiddie games, outdated tech, milk their franchises to death (unlike the franchises of all the other companies which are handled _totally_ responsibly.)
    Sony: Overpriced, installs rootkits and disables components of their systems after you've already bought them, gives your credit card number away to hackers.
    Microsoft: The original borg, convicted monopolist and patent troll, Windows sucks and the XBox keeps suffering hardware failures.
    Apple: The new borg, walled garden and patent troll, designed for hipsters.
    Linux: The one true system, but ported games are frequently buggy and often just don't work at all. (This is of course all the fault of the people who made the games.)

    I guess as a responsible geek i'm not supposed to be playing any games at all?

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