For the first time Nintendo has truly begun its process of transformation into the online social gaming world. Unlike Wii the Wii U is set to feature a variety of ways to connect to friends and outsiders through services such as Miiverse and Nintendo TVii where people can instantly connect with friends to see what they are playing, their thoughts and favorite TV shows.
President of Nintendo of American Reggie Fils-Aime recently spoke with AllThingsD about his thoughts on why Miiverse could be “a key differentiator from other companies in our space”. Here’s what Reggie had to say:
“I think that it will pleasantly surprise people. 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. What Miiverse is doing is quite different from anything else that’s being done, especially with the ability to hand draw messages and things of that nature.”
While competing consoles have been offering online social features for quite some time, one thing is apparent and that is Nintendo is taking the online social aspect seriously. Reggie has sent a strong message with statements like Miiverse standing on it’s own amongst competitors offerings. While we have yet to see the interface of Miiverse and its inner workings it should shape up to be a truly unique online experience with friends and the outside world.