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Miiverse Expansion Planned

by Aaron Kaluszka - March 27, 2013, 11:59 pm PDT
Total comments: 4

The social network will be more deeply integrated with games.

Nintendo is planning updates to Miiverse functionality, including the ability to more deeply integrate the social network with Wii U games.

The Miiverse API will be updated in a future version of the Wii U Software Development Kit to include features to improve interactions within games, producer Kiyoshi Mizuki revealed in his GDC talk. In future updates, more Miiverse functions will be available from within games. Players will be able to send and receive comments, follow users from within a game as well as viewing follower lists, and see lists of people who Yeah'd their posts.

Miiverse posts will gain the ability to launch games at a specific point from a link in Miiverse. For instance, posts from within levels in New Super Mario Bros. U are tagged with the in-game locations. In the future, players could launch a level directly from a corresponding Miiverse comment. Additionally, the Miiverse can be coupled with an online datastore, which could perform even more advanced functions.

User communities are already available, but no game makes use of the feature yet. User communities on Miiverse work similarly to those in Mario Kart 7. Users who have a community code can join a limited-access community only available to those who own a game and enter the code. Nintendo hopes that restricting interaction to a known group of people will allow people to be more comfortable sharing online. The feature can be used to organize and hold tournaments. Wii Fit U will be the first title to incorporate the feature. Within the Wii Fit U user communities, players will be able to share training records and activity logs with the hope that others they know will encourage them to stick with and enjoy fitness activities.

Mizuki sees the potential to link stage editors to Miiverse, allowing users to create and direct an entire game from Miiverse. He envisions a game where interactions aren't fixed, but people across the world bring the game to life. However, he is not working on such a game since his duties involve providing developer support for the Nintendo Network.

Nintendo is also listening to developer requests on how they might extend the Miiverse API to include more benefits.

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Talkback

azekeMarch 28, 2013

What exactly do they mean by "matchmaking in a User Community"?

It means when you search for people to play against, you can restrict it to certain groups of people. For example, we could have an NWR community for game where you'd only be matched with online NWR visitors.

broodwarsMarch 28, 2013

Well, it's nice to see Nintendo possibly expanding Miiverse out into a worthwhile feature.  The concept of embedding level links within posts is an interesting application of the technology, though it would need to be tied into some sort of leaderboard or user-generated content feature (i.e. sharing your created stages in Smash Bros. U through Miiverse) to be truly useful.

As for the user-generated communities, I could see an NWR one going up really quickly for the purposes of the various Game Nights.  :D

It sucks that communities are still tied to codes. I'd have to imagine there's a less stupid way to achieve the same thing.

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