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Iwata: “Once Miiverse Hits 3DS, It Will Be Huge”

Jonathan Lester
3DS, Miiverse, Nintendo, Wii U

Iwata: “Once Miiverse Hits 3DS, It Will Be Huge”

We're convinced that MiiVerse is by far the most innovative and exciting new feature that the Wii U has to offer, and Nintendo president Satoru Iwata plans to massively expand the social network over the next few months.

As reported by Siliconera, Iwata waxed lyrical about MiiVerse in a recent interview with Japanese newspaper Nikkei. Apparently the social platform has replaced Twitter for many diehard Nintendo fans, and it can survive alongside existing networks like Facebook and Twitter.

"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.”

“When we first thought of Miiverse, we were told that it would be a bad idea after considering the likes of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. After doing some more brainstorming, we decided to stick to the idea we wanted to see. The results ended up being something many people enjoy today.”

“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.”

Going forward, Nintendo plans to deploy MiiVerse on 3DS and eventually the PC.

“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!”

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is set for Q2 2013. Will Nintendo roll out MiiVerse on 3DS before then?

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