Wii U unboxing, Miiverse online features and integration, and voice chat in latest Nintendo Direct
Via another Nintendo Direct presentation today, Nintendo chief Satoru Iwata provided some juicy details on the functionality of some of the Wii U's special features, mainly its new online service, Miiverse, and the console's video chat capabilities. He also got to unbox the Wii U, giving us a look at what many of us will soon find within.
According to Iwata, when you power up the Wii U for the first time, you start by making a Miiverse account. Each console will be able to support a total of 12 such accounts, and each one will contain its own unique save data, web browser bookmarks, and other info pertaining specifically to its user. In addition, each account will include a Nintendo Network ID that allows its user to access everything from their Wii U. Iwata promises that soon users will be able to access services like Nintendo eShop and Miiverse from their other Nintendo devices and, eventually, non-Nintendo hardware such as PCs and smartphones.
Moving on to Miiverse, Iwata told of how the service will allow players to access the Miiverse community, even if they're in the middle of a game. If a player dies playing, say, ZombiU, they can look to other users for advice. They can even follow members who've contributed helpful information, and even hide info that could be considered spoilerish. Also, Miiverse functionality can be integrated into games without developers having to be saddled with extra work.
Along with that, the presentation detailed the Wii U video chat capabilities. Known as 'Wii U Chat', the software will enable users to have video conversations with registered friends on the TV screen or on the GamePad's screen. They'll even be able to write messages on the GamePad screen and show it to their friends.
Many of the Wii U's online features will not be available right out of the box, however. Instead, they will be accessible following a system update that will be available on launch day.
One last bit of news, one that many Wii users will like: using an SD card, users will be able to transfer all their Virtual Console games from the Wii to the Wii U.
You can take a look at three video highlights of the Nintendo Direct Japan presentation through the links below (English subtitles included), and/or you can watch Nintendo Treehouse's Bill Trinen's video overview posted below the jump.
The Wii U launches on November 18 in North America, November 30 in Europe, and December 5 in Japan.
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