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The Magic Of Miiverse

By aquizero on Feb 11 2013 05:10 PM
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I'm now part of the Wii U family! After the initial system update, Wii-to-Wii U transfer and various other software updates, I was finally able to sink my teeth into this home console. My initial impressions are quite positive. The only concern I currently have is the time it takes for applications and games to load. Of course, Nintendo have already addressed this issue and is hard at work to resolve the loading times. That makes me very happy.

We all know that Microsoft and Sony are ready to reveal their next-gen consoles. These over-powered systems could outshine the Wii U if Nintendo does not market the console properly. In my opinion, Miiverse is Nintendo's ace in the hole. Let me share my experience and impressions of Miiverse with you.

If you are still unfamiliar with what Miiverse is, the best definition is that it's a social network managed by Nintendo. Miiverse allows for its members to enter game specific communities and interact with one another in real-time. Included are features we're all accustomed to such as commenting and being able to “Like” a comment, which Nintendo calls “Yeah.” Nintendo goes a step further and allows for in-game screenshots to be shared, and even handwritten sentiments or drawings.

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You may be thinking that this “social network” sounds like a sad attempt for Nintendo to stay competitive. I can assure you that it's not an accurate idea. Your magical Miiverse experience starts as soon as you begin using it. New Super Mario Bros. U even encourages you to share your thoughts during gameplay. This generally happens when you complete some kind of accomplishment such as collecting all three Star Coins within a level or completing a level in a certain amount of time. When I was initially prompted, I decided to share my thoughts and feelings. Soon after, I started seeing some Mii-faced balloons appear on the game's map. Confused, I decided to look around the map and found that those were actually comments from friends and strangers who shared their thoughts on the same points in the game that I did! I could then decide to take it a step further and go to that specific Miiverse post to comment or give it a friendly “Yeah.” Immediately, I understood what Nintendo was aiming for with Miiverse.

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We do not always have the chance to play a game locally or online with others. We're busy; it's the way of the world. Nintendo does their best to help us deal with this by keeping us connected, even when apart. Because of time zone differences, for example, it's difficult for me to catch Kevin online and play a game. I was very excited to see one of his comments appear for one of my Miiverse posts in the New Super Mario Bros. U community! At the time I posted that comment, I was at the same point in the game as Kevin was, when he decided to share his thoughts on a certain accomplishment. In fact, I even replied to his post and tried to beat him! I won’t spoil it for you, but I will say that I lost. Dag, Nabbit!

Miiverse gives us the flexibility to share experiences with both friends and strangers, regardless of the distance that separates them. That is magical. Of course, it will only get better in time. Nintendo is currently developing Miiverse applications that will become accessible via standard web browsers, the 3DS and even smart phones. I can’t wait for that to happen. When it does, competitors beware. In order to fully understand what Miiverse is all about, you must experience it for yourself.

Have you tried Miiverse? If so, share your experiences. If not, does it pique your interest?
Sound off below.


About the Author

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Benjamin is a true gaymer. For nearly a decade, his interest in Nintendo has grown exponentially! He's not extremely skilled at any particular genre of games, but mostly enjoys RPG, strategy, and fighting games. His true obsession within the Nintendo universe is Pokémon, followed closely by Zelda. Ever since he watched the first episode of Pokémon, he's been hooked. To this day, he plays the main-series Pokémon games and watches the anime religiously. He's as close as it comes to being a Pokémon Master. His true passion for Nintendo makes him excited to write new topics for you!

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Comments: 22

plz add me ont the nintendo network!

View PostLegitivo, on 11 February 2013 - 06:09 PM, said:

plz add me ont the nintendo network!

Please use the following topic for exchanging Wii U Friend Codes:
Wii U Friend Code Exchange (Official)

Thanks.
This is better than the reply to my Shoutbox inquiry. (09 February 2013 - 08:53 PM) Heh.

Future Wii U games like Super Smash Bros are supposedly going to utilize Miiverse as well, and I'm sure there will be some creative uses for the concept with games we can't even imagine.

I'm not familiar with Microsoft and Sony consoles, but I did read a rumor that their next consoles were very similar. Nintendo still has the "unique and fun" thing going for them. Honestly, I'm not worried. I think Nintendo always prices their systems competitively and their first-party titles will carry them through.

I don't have a Wii U, but I know that someday I will. I know this because whenever I see it in a store I think to myself, "Someday..." It'll be my first console in over a decade.
Miiverse is great :)
The only thing is, you have to adjust your thinking a little bit ;)
You can't swear (think of better alternative words haha), you can't use certain words (which I think might be a little heavily moderated, like the use of the word "stupid" or "idiot"). But if you adjust your brain, you'll be fine haha For one, there are no trolls (they get weeded out very quickly).
Another neat feature is when you visit a game community if someone posts a message being negative to a game, you can see if they have actually played the game or not. An icon appears in the post, its like a square with a tick. It's an easy way to determine if someone is being genuine or a troll ;)

Also, when you are in the main menu area of the Wii U, the WaraWara Plaza showing games and Miis shows random Miiverse posts from those Mii. Also in the centre after a while all your friends' Miis will run in. They start milling around and chatting with each other and again, randomly quoting their Miiverse posts.

I hope more and more games start to utilise the Miiverse options.

And I can't wait for Miiverse to come to 3DS!!! If Miiverse was on 3DS now I'd probably be in the Fire Emblem community all the time LOL I'm hoping when it comes it will use 3D screenshots :)
That's not to say I'm not looking forward to browser access too! Will be great to be able to see what friends are up to when I'm out and about.
The Miiverse is an excellent tool on the Wii U. I feel it is Facebook, twitter and Instagram all thrown together with a drawing pad to personalize your posts. Have you seen some of these drawing that people do! Holy crap, there are some really talented people out there playing Nintendo. I usually click popular posts to see the newest drawing and wonder, how long did they take to do that?

I have a couple drawings on there I posted, but nothing near as good as what they do. If i took my time, I actually could probably produce something, but I work 70 hours a week, and I have time to do nothing anymore....getting off track.

I love the Miiverse, if I don't play a game, I at least turn on the machine to see what is going on in there. Looking forward to seeing you guys on the verse!



Hmmm...facebook has posts....twitter has tweets....Miiverse has....verses? Like I just posted a 100 character verse? +Yeah.

Maybe the website should change the Like Post button a +Yeah button :-p

PastaFriend, on 11 February 2013 - 07:47 PM, said:

Future Wii U games like Super Smash Bros are supposedly going to utilize Miiverse as well, and I'm sure there will be some creative uses for the concept with games we can't even imagine.


Certainly all 1st party titles will offer some type of Miiverse integration and support. It would be odd if they didn't. Now it we could get some 3rd party support for Miiverse, that would be fantastic.


diaglyph, on 11 February 2013 - 10:58 PM, said:

Miiverse is great :)
The only thing is, you have to adjust your thinking a little bit ;)

And I can't wait for Miiverse to come to 3DS!!! If Miiverse was on 3DS now I'd probably be in the Fire Emblem community all the time LOL I'm hoping when it comes it will use 3D screenshots :)
That's not to say I'm not looking forward to browser access too! Will be great to be able to see what friends are up to when I'm out and about.

I like how you said that "adjust your thinking". That is exactly right. Nintendo is a family friendly company. They can't just allow for profanity and curse words because that disrupts what they have built their reputation on. There is a time and place to use wording like that and Miiverse is not it.

I think the 3DS will grow exponentially once Miiverse is released. We would finally have a way to really discuss these amazing games on the fly. I am sure it is a huge undertaking by Nintendo so I understand it taking a while.


SpareChnge, on 12 February 2013 - 09:05 AM, said:

I love the Miiverse, if I don't play a game, I at least turn on the machine to see what is going on in there. Looking forward to seeing you guys on the verse!

Exactly. Even if you turn on your Wii U and have nothing of interest to play you can check out Miiverse.
For Nintendo, Miiverse was simply something that was needed. It's truly a fascinating experience, but like everything else, it has its drawbacks. I think the stringent moderation keeps things very simple and pleasant. Seriously, think about it. If cursing and sexual content were allowed to be exchanged in the form of Miiverse messages, it would have already failed. People enjoy Miiverse so much because they don't have to worry about all that stuff. It's safe.

I don't have a ton of time to sift through all the thousands of messages, but for the first week or two, the whole Miiverse experience consumed a lot of my time. There are a ton of talented artists there. In fact, I was so inspired by the talent, that I began creating a QR code: pixel, by pixel by pixel. It would have likely been the first one ever to appear on Miiverse but it was accidentally deleted. I was pretty bummed out, too. I worked for about 3 hours on it before tapping the "clear" button while finishing the last half. I'll probably never attempt another QR code because of that. Well, that and I wanted to be the first one to contribute a QR code.

At any rate, Miiverse is a nice place to hangout, with pleasing and subtle music. I feel Nintendo could improve a few more things but they're already actively fine-tuning it.

View Postaquizero, on 11 February 2013 - 05:41 PM, said:

In fact, I even replied to his post and tried to beat him! I won’t spoil it for you, but I will say that I lost. Dag, Nabbit!

Did you get my message?
Wow, I really hope I can get a Wii U sometime this year; they seem pretty awesome, and I'm liking how Miiverse is looking.

View PostKevin, on 12 February 2013 - 03:00 PM, said:

Did you get my message?

Yes I sure did. I responded again last night.


View PostRosa, on 13 February 2013 - 12:03 AM, said:

Wow, I really hope I can get a Wii U sometime this year; they seem pretty awesome, and I'm liking how Miiverse is looking.

Yes, Miiverse will only be getting better in time. I hope you can join the Wii U family soon as well.
Great article Benjamin!

View PostDinky, on 14 February 2013 - 02:26 AM, said:

Great article Benjamin!

Thank you. :)
I am really enjoying Miiverse. I could spend hours just looking at peoples artwork.

View Postaquizero, on 13 February 2013 - 08:52 AM, said:

Yes, Miiverse will only be getting better in time. I hope you can join the Wii U family soon as well.

Well, if not sooner in the year, perhaps this Christmas or for my Birthday. ^_^

If you had to recommend one game to get with it, which would it be?

View PostRosa, on 18 February 2013 - 02:30 PM, said:

Well, if not sooner in the year, perhaps this Christmas or for my Birthday. ^_^

If you had to recommend one game to get with it, which would it be?

I only have two games for the system and they are New Super Mario Bros U and Nintendoland. So I would recommend both. They are both great games in different respects.

View Postaquizero, on 19 February 2013 - 07:40 AM, said:

I only have two games for the system and they are New Super Mario Bros U and Nintendoland. So I would recommend both. They are both great games in different respects.

NSMB U is a given; I will definitely be getting it. ^_^

View PostRosa, on 19 February 2013 - 07:43 AM, said:

NSMB U is a given; I will definitely be getting it. ^_^

That is good to hear. This may be the first NSMB game for a home console that I actually complete. It is just great to pick up and play using the Gamepad as opposed to the Wii Remote.

View Postaquizero, on 19 February 2013 - 09:47 AM, said:

That is good to hear. This may be the first NSMB game for a home console that I actually complete. It is just great to pick up and play using the Gamepad as opposed to the Wii Remote.

Does it have backwards compatibility for Wii games? That might be a dumb question...but if I'm gonna move into Nintendo consoles (only ever had N64 [in storage] and GameCube [shortly]), I would like to be able to play Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword without having to get a Wii as well. :P

View PostRosa, on 19 February 2013 - 10:30 AM, said:

Does it have backwards compatibility for Wii games? That might be a dumb question...but if I'm gonna move into Nintendo consoles (only ever had N64 [in storage] and GameCube [shortly]), I would like to be able to play Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword without having to get a Wii as well. :P

Yes it does have a Wii Mode. Which allows you to play your Wii games. It basically replicates a Wii in this mode so you get no added benefits of the Wii U while in this mode. It is there solely to allow you to use one system to play either Wii U games or Wii games instead of two.

View Postaquizero, on 19 February 2013 - 11:10 AM, said:

Yes it does have a Wii Mode. Which allows you to play your Wii games. It basically replicates a Wii in this mode so you get no added benefits of the Wii U while in this mode. It is there solely to allow you to use one system to play either Wii U games or Wii games instead of two.

Lovely! I really don't mind not getting extra benefits of a Wii U while playing a Wii game (that's to be expected), but now that I know it's backwards compatible, that gives me all the more reason to make the purchase. :)

Edit: I only asked this because I own a PS3 slim, and it's not fully backwards compatible. I know Nintendo isn't Sony, but this gives me even more incentive to switch over to Nintendo's side of things, at least for awhile.

View PostRosa, on 19 February 2013 - 11:29 AM, said:

Lovely! I really don't mind not getting extra benefits of a Wii U while playing a Wii game (that's to be expected), but now that I know it's backwards compatible, that gives me all the more reason to make the purchase. :)

Edit: I only asked this because I own a PS3 slim, and it's not fully backwards compatible. I know Nintendo isn't Sony, but this gives me even more incentive to switch over to Nintendo's side of things, at least for awhile.

I understand. I do believe there are some features that are not available in Wii mode on the Wii U. One example that comes to mind is Wii Speak. I am pretty sure that is not available.

Well, when you do get a Wii U we will be happy to know what you think of Miiverse!

View Postaquizero, on 19 February 2013 - 03:34 PM, said:

Well, when you do get a Wii U we will be happy to know what you think of Miiverse!

I will do that! :)
Don't forget you can transfer all your current Wii stuff to the Wii U (it will reside in the Wii app). This will copy save games and the Wii shop details across. But be aware, it does not link up the accounts to your Ninty ID. It is still hardware locked (so don't return your Wii U, if you have tech problem, send to Nintendo they will be able to copy over the account details to a new Wii U if it ever comes to that).
I tried playing Xenoblade the other day and it looks even better! Wii games played through Wii mode look much clearer, sharper and better detailed.

Game wise: if you get black version you'll get Nintendo Land (or if you like zombies, get the new ZombiU edition). NSMBU is a given haha (as has been mentioned). I would also highly recommend checking the eShop. If you like arcade style shooter games (that is, space ship shooter like Space Invaders and the like) I recommend Nano Assault. Trine 2 is a brilliant platformer/puzzler game and has online multiplayer that can be a lot of fun :) Trine 2 is actually on "sale" at the moment too.
There are other games on there too (don't forget the 30c virtual console game too!!)

Above all else ENJOY!