The Wii U is just a mere three days away from its US launch, but you may still have some unanswered questions regarding some of the internal software. Last week, Nintendo of Japan streamed another episode of Nintendo Direct, presenting to viewers an in-depth demonstration of how the Miiverse and Nintendo Network will work. Fortunately for us US and UK fans, Nintendo has now released a version in English.
Nintendo of America translator/presenter Bill Trinen fulfills Mr. Iwata’s role and discusses the Wii U’s built-in software in a new video. Perhaps most importantly, the video also features an orange, to continue Nintendo’s running gag of presenters staring at fruit. Because hey, why not?
It is now confirmed that the Miiverse will be the first thing that loads when you start up the Wii U. Bill presents this as a social network, wherein players can share their feelings with each other. For example, if you are struggling on a particular level or section of a game, you can let your friends know how you feel so that they may be able to help you. Similarly, if you manage to overcome a challenging boss fight, you can gloat about your glory with friends so that they can congratulate you.
You can also post a screenshot of the game you’re playing on Miiverse, if you need help in said game or you just have something humorous that you’d like to share. This will surely be incredibly useful when facing challenging Zelda puzzles or boss fights! There is also a spoiler button to give other players a heads-up when submitting screenshots, and you can filter messages marked with spoilers to avoid them showing on your Miiverse timeline.
Many may be pleased to hear that Nintendo has completely ditched friend codes, and community members of Miiverse can be added as friends if they accept. While Miiverse will be available in all Wii U games, it is up to developers whether or not they add extra features.
In order to access the Wii U eShop, Miiverse, Nintendo TVii and Wii U Chat, you must create a Nintendo Network ID. To register, users must enter the following details: password, birth date, gender, location and e-mail address. Up to 12 users can register on a single machine, and each account will store its own individual set of save data and game settings.
In order to see all of these features in action and gain a greater idea at how they will be used, check out the video below:
Will you be buying a Wii U this Sunday? Or will you perhaps hold out for the next Zelda title?