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New Wii U Details, Including Miiverse

By Kevin on Nov 07 2012 04:44 AM
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Stay tuned for LIVE updates during tonight's Japanese Nintendo Direct. Presented by Nintendo Global President Satoru Iwata, we'll receive firsthand information for Miiverse and Wii U hardware features. It all happens right here, on Nintendo Nerds, in approximately one hour.

20:00 - 20:35 - Main Wii U presentation, detailing online features including Miiverse
20:35 - 20:53 - Additional miscellaneous information and developer videos.

Details presented from 20:00 - 20:35 are as follows:
  • WaraWara Plaza will be displayed upon powering on the Wii U.
  • Game icons are surrounded by players talking about each game.
  • Find out what others are playing; Wii U GamePad has tiles.
  • Iwata is un-boxing a Wii U Premium Set; puts white gloves on.
  • Iwata is unwrapping the console.
  • Iwata unwraps Wii U GamePad, followed by the Wii U GamePad AC adapter, console stands and GamePad stand.
  • Dragon Quest X Beta voucher is shown inside instruction booklet packet.
  • Vertical stand only available in Premium Set; HDMI cable is standard.
  • GamePad stand is used only for playing, not charging.
  • Nintendo Network is being discussed now.
  • Up to 12 Miis can be created per Wii U.
  • A Wii U user account must be created.
  • Game settings, save data, Browser bookmarks and play history are tied to each individual user account.
  • Video chat and other networking services require a Nintendo Network ID.
  • Nintendo Network purchases by a single user, can be played by other users on the same system.
  • Nintendo Network can be used on other Nintendo game systems, PCs and smart phones.
  • Browser, Miiverse and eShop require a network update.
  • WiiWare and Virtual Console software transfer instructions are explained on the official website.
  • GamePad is being shown how to be used as a keyboard; can use stylus to "write"
  • Suspend games with "Home" button
  • Miiverse being talked about now.
  • Ask Miiverse community for help with games.
  • Post game screenshots to the Miiverse community; read responses and comments.
  • Follow other players you see in Miiverse, add them as friends if you want to.
  • A setting will automatically hide spoilers.
  • All games are capable of making use of Miiverse, without additional work from developers.
  • Certain games allow you to leave situation-specific comments. You can read other players' thoughts there.
  • A situation-specific comment is shown in Nintendo Land's Luigi's Mansion attraction.
  • Meet other players from around the world via Miiverse upon Wii U launch.
  • Iwata is video chatting (Wii U Chat) with Reggie, who is in his office in Redmond, WA.
  • Iwata drew a picture on the Wii U's GamePad, Reggie was able to read and see it. You can share doodles! Nice!
  • Video chatting with registered friends is called "Wii U Chat."
  • XING and Nintendo co-developed karaoke software Nintendo JoySound Wii Karaoke U; over 90,000 songs, purchase tickets for certain lengths of time.
  • USB Karaoke microphone accessory shown.
  • END
Details presented from 20:35 - 20:53 are as follows:
  • Development team for New Super Mario Bros. U is introducing themselves.
  • Resolution for New Super Mario Bros. U is confirmed by developers as being 720p (1280x720)
  • Different forks on the map let you choose different worlds.
  • New characters
  • Developers wanted to include a new flying feature, easier to control for new players.
  • New character Totten (Nabbit in other regions) steals from Toad. Chase him down to return the stolen item to Toad.
  • Spit out balloons with Baby Yoshi, even while flying.
  • Buddy Play allows the "Buddy" to place platform blocks in the level by tapping on the Wii U GamePad screen.
  • NSMBU features Mii Mode and Story Mode and other modes.
  • In Mii Mode, Miis also appear in simultaneous multiplayer.
  • Boost Mode, Coin Battle Mode. In Coin Battle Mode, edit coin locations in stages.
  • Challenge Mode, set your own game rules and present them as challenges to other players. Replays can also be watched.
  • END
Here's the North American version of the Wii U Nintendo Direct, discussing the built-in WaraWara Plaza and Wii U Chat features.

Watch the full presentation, via USTREAM, right here:
Wii U Nintendo Direct 2012.11.7 | Nintendo

A huge thanks to Cheesemeister for providing the LIVE translations via Twitter.

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Comments: 7

I initially thought that Miiverse would be something that you'd glance over for a bit before getting your gaming underway, but now? It looks so freakin' amazing that I will not be suprised in the slightest if I end up wasting hours on it just looking at all of the posts that pop up.

November 30 needs to get here now D:
Wow that was a pretty good Nintendo Direct. I can't wait for a North American one. :) Thanks for the info Kevin!
That Miiverse is amazing...
This was a truly exciting Nintendo Direct. Sure, it's nice to have a presentation in a language that we can understand, but this just goes to show that pictures are worth a thousand words. And, along with all the worldwide fans, direct translation is possible. Like Luffy, I can totally see myself just getting lost in the Miiverse, perhaps not evening gaming at times. This proves idea already proves that Nintendo will succeed with this new type of social interaction with fans all over the world.
Yes Miiverse does seem very engrossing. I like the fact that you can turn on/off spoilers etc. That really gives "power to the player".
I agree. That's a pretty welcoming feature to have. During E3, Miiverse was discussed briefly. They said moderation would be in effect. You know, they never mentioned anything about the levels of moderation that we can expect to see during tonight's Japanese Nintendo Direct.
I think that might be because they touched on Miiverse moderation a few months earlier. Last I heard, Miiverse is going to have three levels of social moderation. First is an automated filtering sytem that will restrict/delete posts that have objectionable content; second is a public user driven report feature and then you have actual Nintendo employees monitoring user updates and acting as required.

I think that's how it goes, anyway. I'm not fully sure on level 2. Either way, this moderation system can cause new posts to be delayed for a maximum of about 30 minutes before they're approved.