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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 techno-vampire ( 666512 ) on Sunday June 03, 2012 @11:47PM (#40205665) Homepage
    As long as you're invoking Zawinski's Law, where's the email client?
  • The Wii was all family friendly and then late horrific rated M games like House of the Head Overkill where every third word was a swear word. That shocked everyone but it was to attract hardcore gamers. Who are they trying to attract with video chat? People banned from chat roulette? I'm sure the creators of that were thinking "oh boy, people will connect and learn about other cultures and there might be a weirdo or two but otherwise it'll basically be 99% Starbucks customers. WRONG! Freaks and pervs
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      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)

    • With the amount of precautions they took (I'd say it was too much) with the Friend-codes having to be entered on previous generations of their console, only to be able to play a coop-game, I deem it unlikely that this chatting will be fully open.
      So I don't think that the comparison with the unfiltered Chatroulette is making sense.
    • by Daetrin ( 576516 )
      I've played a fair bit of "House of the Dead", but i'm intrigued by this new "House of the Head" thing, though i'm not sure what to think of the "Overkill" part. What's overkill in terms of head?
    • Who are they trying to attract with video chat?

      Facebook has 500 million users and approximately half of those play games. The Wii U has a number of features, including video chat, that they're hoping will attract those social network gamers to the platform.

      You have to remember, Nintendo isn't courting the hardcore gaming market. The Wii was a huge success among casual gamers and outsold every other available console. Naturally they're going to try to repeat and expand on that success.

      Freaks and pervs aren't outside in public being social, they're inside on their PC and Wii

      Statistically, over 90% of the freaks and pervs are people the chil

  • 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?
  • If you squint your eyes, the E3 logo in the /. summary looks like Bart Simpson.
  • by kiddygrinder ( 605598 ) on Monday June 04, 2012 @03:33AM (#40206481)
    sure, just email your friend your 15 digit friend code and then if you want to play a game together simply email your 15 digit game code! you can even share a picture or a comment by exchanging a simple 15 digit post code! the future is now!
  • 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.
    • im 27 years old as of sunday, And I HATE first person shooters, I mush prefer loading up an emulatator and playing some NES SGA SNES glory games over 95% of the stuff put out on all the consoles/PC (diable 3, other than HAVING to be online to play a single player game..... is pretty awesome
  • 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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