Wii U’s Miiverse will lack social network connectivity

Thursday, 21 June 2012 11:00 GMT By Stace Harman

Looking forward to being able to update your Facebook status or Tweet your in-game activity from within Nintendo’s Miiverse community? Well, too bad; connectivity between the Miiverse and other social networks has been ruled out by Nintendo.

Nintendo has told GI International that its Wii U integrated social network, Miiverse, will not link to existing networks like Facebook or Twitter.

Miiverse users will be able talk to one another via text and video messages, as well as receive game recommendations and assistance from each other, while a content moderation system will ensure the chat is kept clean.

There are also plans to allow users to access the Miiverse via other internet-enabled devices, such as laptops, PCs and mobile phones.

However, when it comes to linking to the outside world of external social networks, Nintendo of Europe’s managing director of marketing and public relations, Laurent Fischer, said that the firm has no interest in aping other devices that offer access to widely available services, “I have three devices permanently doing that already, what is our benefit to do so also?” he said.

Fischer went on to say that one of the strengths of the Miiverse will be that its members can be assured that other users share at least one of their interests:

“On the Wii U we do have additional reasons for connecting, we talked about things like the video chat system, nothing revolutionary but it’s going to be convenient, it’s going to be easy.

“And the Miiverse is the one actually that I believe has a very unique feature which is we put ourselves in the situation of making sure the people you can communicate with they are somehow already in a kind of community. The community will be the Wii U owners, who will have this common interest for video games and our expectation about that is it’s going to be a way to enhance the idea of sharing information on the video game.”

Just don’t expect that sharing of information to come in the form of Tweets stating “Rob Curtis is gearing up for Friday in NintendoLand.”