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Reggie Fils-Aime explains why Miiverse is Wii U’s ‘killer app’

Wednesday, 3rd October 2012 09:58 GMT By Dave Cook

Wii U’s social messaging system Miiverse has been called the console’s “key differentiator”, and is the feature that sets it apart from other consoles. The Nintendo America head has also stressed that people will need to change their way of thinking to understand it.

In an interview with AllThingsD, Fils-Aime explained “As the network grows and the installed base grows, it will prove to be a true killer application for the system, and I say this loving what we have done with Nintendo TVii and loving all the games.”

“Until you try it and experience it, you may not totally understand it. People have to leave the current paradigm behind to understand what we are trying to do. Miiverse is going to be embedded right on the game platform, so literally some of the activity will be able to happen immediately as people experience it.”

Thanks GI.biz.

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  1. Fin

    Definitely. If there’s one thing I love about Miiverse, it’s having to wait a half hour between posting something and everyone seeing it.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. The_Red

    Does this mean they’re going after Facebook / PS Home? If it’s FB, they’ve already lost. If it’s PS Home, then even a dead ant can win it.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DrDamn

    @2
    As I understand it essentially they are side stepping FaceBook, internet forums etc. So the idea is that rather than integrating with existing social networks they create a new one designed around games and fit for the purpose. Discussion, sharing etc. all built in to MiiVerse. Good because it can be custom designed and it also stops spam on social networks where your friends may not give a fig.

    It’s somewhere systems have been heading through game design and OS. Vita for example already has similar features. Friend notification systems associated with each game which allows discussion between friends within that interface.

    The other interesting bit is how much memory Nintendo has reserved for the OS to support this sort of thing on the WiiU. The system has 2Gb of memory and 1Gb is dedicated to the OS. That’s a major leap up from existing systems.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. lexph3re

    This dude Reggie scares the shit outta me. He is EXTREMELY creepy looking and seems to always demand you understand why his product does it best. Sometimes I wonder if he’s really a hypnotist… The way he stares and smiles feels like he’s looking into your soul…..*shivers*

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Christopher Jack

    Sounds like PS Home- couldn’t get into that thing.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. DrDamn

    @5
    No – PS Home is a 3d virtual world, separate from the OS. This is essentially social interaction with your friends and integrated into the OS. So accessible whilst playing games.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Clupula

    One day, Reggie will say something that doesn’t make me want to kick him in the balls, and I will die of surprise.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. lexph3re

    “Until you try it and experience it, you may not totally understand it. People have to leave the current paradigm behind to understand what we are trying to do.”

    I could say the same about how you handle your 1st party games. Leave the old paradigm behind and try something new.

    #8 2 years ago