Nintendo confirmed to GamesIndustry International that Miiverse, the network central to its upcoming game console, the Wii U, will not connect with other social networks, like ever-popular Facebook and Twitter. This includes the installation of third party apps to access such social media outlets. After all, Nintendo of Europe’s Laurent Fischer remarks, “I have three devices permanently doing that already, what is our benefit to do so also?”
While this approach would seem to limit the audience that the Miiverse could reach, Nintendo prefers to carve out its own social media niche for the Wii U. Ultimately, the plan is to allow users to access the Miiverse from other devices such as the 3DS, smartphones, and PCs. This will not be possible at the launch of the Wii U.
“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.”
Fischer’s main hope is that the Miiverse will broaden gamers’ interest in games. He left GamesIndustry with one concluding comment:
“One thing that is very important to us is that somehow you could pick up information from people you trust, maybe on games that you wouldn’t consider naturally. Because Miiverse will show you what are the topics or the games played at the moment within the community. And then you may have one interesting comment that will trigger your curiosity and then maybe you will get more information on that game and then at the end what is important to make sure people have different game play experiences. So considering a game that you wouldn’t consider it’s like enlarging your scope in terms of gaming, and that’s the key point for us.”
So basically what Fischer is saying here is that Nintendo is hoping that your use of the Miiverse will lead you to buying more games. Not surprising. Money tends to be the root of most decisions, after all. For more information on what the Wii U and its Miiverse will be like, check out our prior coverage here.