Wii U’s Miiverse will lack social network connectivity

Thursday, 21st 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.”



  1. aseddon130

    This is a good thing i think.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Fin

    Nintendo have NFI what they’re doing when it comes to social/multiplayer.
    I expect them to soon come out with:

    “Full video chat!*

    *Chat will be delayed approximately 30 minutes for moderation”

    Just poach some Xbox Live people, jesus.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. NeoSquall

    - No interaction with the outside world of social networks
    - Messages are heavily monitored and scrutinized before being “allowed” to be posted

    Man, this looks like the Nintendo version of 1984, guess who’s going to be the Big Brother and who will be the Emmanuel Goldstein.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. ManuOtaku

    I dont mind this, because in the end i dont use facebook or twitter for that matter, and iam a firm believer that consoles should focus first on games, then on the social aspect, although i grant this can be some sort of a problem for some people that uses this platforms.

    As for the Messages being monitored, that was expected, people dont behave online,with good manners of course, and keep in mind this is a console which one of the primary users are kids, therefore i was expecting something in these lines.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Gadzooks!

    I immediately unfriend anyone that spams game status, location or jogging stats on facebook, so this is very good news indeed.

    #5 3 years ago


    All we need now is for them to announce that they’re sticking with ‘friend codes’…

    #6 3 years ago
  7. daytripper

    I don’t understand the logic in thinking with friend codes, why not just have a simple profile with a username of your choice and profile you can edit with an avatar and mii and interact with the fellow players that way?

    #7 3 years ago
  8. absolutezero

    It helps combat this.

    #8 3 years ago

    ^ That’s a bit of a weak reason, since you can just set your communications to firends only.

    Or even easier, just don’t plug your mic in.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. daytripper

    @8 oh come on ffs

    #10 3 years ago
  11. absolutezero


    #11 3 years ago
  12. DrDamn

    “All we need now is for them to announce that they’re sticking with ‘friend codes’…”

    They already have said they will be keeping them in some form. They are meant to be easier somehow – and hopefully fully cross game from the start too.

    #12 3 years ago


    #13 3 years ago
  14. polygem

    this is good news. it is a gaming device. twitter and facebook can really kiss my butt anyway.

    it is totally HARDCORE from nintendo to say fuck off to twitter and facebook. very well done.
    leave that social network, brainwashing, marketing tool to the tech whores.

    @7: that´s exactly what they are doing with the wii u now…..finally.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. ManuOtaku

    #14 i agree poly on everything, thats my thinking too.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. polygem

    #14, we have to become miiverse friends then

    #16 3 years ago
  17. ManuOtaku

    Oh yes, once i got it i will ask yours in order to add you, hey you still got the ps3?, i saw your got battlefield 3 on the 360, any chance on playing it on the ps3, i got this game for the ps3 T_T, and call of duty on the 360, thas how i handle games one for each console 8D.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. polygem

    yes i still have the ps3 but bf3 i only have for the 360 unfortunateley. cod i do not have for any system atm…wait, that´s a lie – i have cod 4 on my 360 harddrive and halo reach of course.

    good choice: EA/BF-ps3 timed exclusives
    ACTI/COD-360 timed exclusives

    i do not play that much mp games recently though. i enjoy bf3 but not as much as i did enjoy bfbc2, that´s why i don´t think i´ll pick up a copy for the ps3 anytime soon.

    #18 3 years ago

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