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Miiverse for 3DS 'will be huge' according to Iwata

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Nintendo's Miiverse service for Wii U is heading for 3DS, as reconfirmed by the company's president, Satoru Iwata, in an interview with Nikkei. Iwata confidently declared: "Once the Miiverse hits the 3DS, it will be huge. Just imagine the possibilities of playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf while sharing your experiences on the Miiverse. Now that's something!"

At present, the Miiverse allows Wii U gamers to share screenshots, tips, messages and pictures with other people in special communities attached to each game and has been described in the past by Reggie Fils-Aime as Wii U's Killer App. But Iwata has a bigger vision, planning to eventually make the Miiverse accessible via any internet-enabled device, from PCs to smartphones and tablets, allowing gamers to access the service anywhere they go. He said:

"This is something I've talked about for many years with Mr. Miyamoto. He loves making games that allow players to create and share experiences. We believe that it’s one of the main reasons behind the Mario series and Animal Crossing’s success. It was having those thoughts and feelings which eventually led to the creation of the Miiverse. Rather than social networking, we consider it an 'experience sharing network'."

Iwata is keen to differentiate the service from Twitter (and negative comments about Nintendo on it), adding:

“The primary use of Twitter and Facebook is not gaming, but a means of communication. Although I don’t use either of them, if I did, I imagine I’d use it to talk about my outings and vacations to people who aren’t exactly video game enthusiasts. I don’t think my former classmates would care to hear about my new Mario Kart record and so on.”

“I noticed that there’s been lesser Nintendo talk going on in the Twitterverse. Then, I realized that those who always spoke highly of Nintendo were happily doing the same in Miiverse. When I checked the Miiverse, it was full of comments on people’s accomplishments in New Super Mario Bros U and discussing the game itself.”

A release date for a version of the service on 3DS or the web has yet to be announced. However, Animal Crossing: New Leaf is scheduled for a Q2 release this year in Europe and Q1/Q2 in the US, having already been released to great commercial success in Japan. 

Source: Siliconera

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7 comments

  • C.King - January 17, 2013 7:06 p.m.

    learning a few tricks from fellow players sure is gonna be easy with this
  • RabidTurtl - January 16, 2013 10:41 p.m.

    "Just imagine the possibilities of playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf while sharing your experiences on the Miiverse. Now that's something!" So, won't be till later this year? We still don't have a release date for New Leaf in the west.
  • Shayz - January 16, 2013 12:18 p.m.

    It would be nice to discuss games like paper mario every time I get stuck. I mean, the 3DS has everything the Wii U does...
  • NeoTechni - January 16, 2013 11 a.m.

    Miiverse is almost identical to the vitas activity log feature Its not huge by any means
  • shawksta - January 16, 2013 9:39 p.m.

    Activity log feature? I cant grasp how wrong or lost you are.
  • shawksta - January 16, 2013 5:04 a.m.

    Well duh, miiverse is big, especially if it's exactly as the Wii U with it's message boards. Frankly I know people who literally just bought Funky Barn for the Miiverse, it's stupid but true. It's kinda nice how this all started because of sharing experience, Nintendo just loves it when people share their gaming experiences and Reggies quote shows it (except for saying COD) Also, I'm sure the update's gonna be big, a feature like that's gonna take one hell of a long time to download, that's probably what he means :P
  • Hobogonigal - January 16, 2013 4:46 a.m.

    First. Well we can only hope. I am shamelessly anticipating Animal Crossing for the 3ds so I hope miiverse turns out to be a great feature!

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