Nintendo's Miiverse Isn't Xbox Live. It Might Be Something Better.

Nintendo's brand new online social network Miiverse has had its ups and downs since it went live on Saturday night. And by that I mean it's actually been up and down, online and offline, since then.

When Miiverse down it's still just about as good as Nintendo's previous online efforts for its consoles. When it's up, it just might be the beginning of something terrific.

In the video here, I'll walk you through it and show you some pretty cool stuff.

As with all things Nintendo, don't expect something that apes what the competition is doing. You'll see bits of Steam in what they're doing, but Nintendo has not re-created Xbox Live or PlayStation Network. They've not made a network that groups players together for party chat, and they've neglected to create system-wide Achievements. Instead, they've put their effort into what at first appears to just be some presumably-hospitable console-based message boards but could ultimately become a system that connects gamers in some extraordinarily useful ways.

This is a service that lets you pause a difficult game, screencap what was happening on your TV or GamePad controller, hop to a game-specific message board, post the image, type or scribble a question about how to get past a part of the game, go back to playing, and then get helpful replies from people who have played the same game. Not only is this a good idea, but it could give Nintendo licence to make a Zelda game that is as packed full of esoteric screenshots.

Give this tour of Miiverse a look. Nintendo's on to something here. As long as they can keep the service online.


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    The Miiverse message boards/social networking stuff is probably my favourite part of the Wii U. It's going to be so fun once I've got a bit of a friends list going.

    It sounds like an interesting spin on having to get on a computer and find a hospitable forum

    I am not a Nintendo gamer, this will not make me become one

    But it is still quite interesting

    Especially the ability to take a picture of what your stuck on

    It also I guess depends on how long it takes someone to see your problem and actually having a fix for it

    I expect many people to continue to Google search their problems for a while yet.

      Since when have people who play a Nintendo system been moved to some stupid subcategory of "gamer"?

        *shrugs*

        I retract my statement.....without physically editing my comment :)

        They are gamers. There's just less good games on the system, take the Wii for example. Had some great games on it, but a whole lot of stinkers. If you're a hardcore gamer, Nintendo isn't your main source of games. It just has a few worth looking at. If you only play Nintendo games, either you're a big fan of shovelware or you're playing Super Mario Galaxy for the 50th time.

          Thanks for having my back Jake

          With everything cross platform I can get it for my PC or Xbox, and if its Nintendo exclusive I generally do not want to play it.

          It's the same with the Playstation, they have their exclusives, I just never find them that interesting

            PS3 has got more JRPG's and Xbox has more shooters. Nintendo has more family oriented games, and although there a few that are great (see Super Mario Galaxy) a lot of them are too easy and kid friendly for their own good, such as Super Mario 3D Land or Mario Kart Wii/7.

              I guess then that I like Western RPG's....also shooting things in the face

              And games that combine both *Borderlands/Fallout anyone?*

          Yeah totally agree. What the Wii missed out on is pretty much all the great multiplatform games of last generation - if it got anything at all, it was just watered down scraps generally. So if you only could have gotten one console, a Wii would have been a pretty poor choice, and I'd venture a guess to say that if you're only getting one next gen console, the Wii U might suffer the same fate once the next gen arrives properly.

          But if you're just talking about exclusives, the Wii didn't do too badly against the other consoles as it had some of the most enjoyable games of last gen. I play everything, I just love games too much, and my favourite recent gaming moments are pretty evenly spread amongst the three last gen consoles. If you didn't get to play the best that the Wii had to offer, then you've missed out.

          (pre-ordered Wii-U)

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            "What the Wii missed out on is pretty much all the great multiplatform games of last generation - if it got anything at all, it was just watered down scraps generally. So if you only could have gotten one console, a Wii would have been a pretty poor choice, and I'd venture a guess to say that if you're only getting one next gen console, the Wii U might suffer the same fate once the next gen arrives properly."

            I never bought a PS3 or a 360, I feel sorry for people playing watered down versions of games on consoles too. Fortunately, most wii games are made exclusively for the platform; Donkey Kong Country Retruns, Epic Mickey Super Mario Galaxy, Xenoblade, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Metroid Prime 3, Zelda Skyward Sword, Last Story, Monster Hunter, Sin and Punishment, Muramasa, New Super Mario Bros Wii, Pandora's Tower, Super SmasBros Brawl, Mariokart Wii, Tatsunoko vs Capcom etc.

          ....Every console has "some great games but a whole lot of stinkers". Kind of a pointless thing to say.

          I'm a hardcore gamer whose sole source of games has been Nintendo, right up until I won a 360 two years ago. I've got about 30 games on there that I've been interested in (some of them I would send back) and still don't think the system would have been worth shelling out cash for, can't think of much else that has been in any way interesting. Whereas over on Wii, I've got about 80 titles without touching that steaming pile of shovelware. There's more to Nintendo than "zomg Mario and Zelda", I didn't even enjoy either Galaxy game all that much.

      For me i only enjoy Nintendo games, because they try to be different. All the types of games that are on the ps3 or 360 i would get on the PC. Thats because theres not much difference in the games you can get for PC, 360, ps3 (bar some exclusives that i can easily live with out). In practically all cases the PC version is superior (controls and graphics).

      For me the consoles is about providing something different and Nintendo delivered for me. Can PC play games like those on the Wii ? No, Cant. Can a PC play games like Wii U? No. Can it play games like ps3 and 360 (excluding exclusives) Yes. See Nintendo fits perfectly for my gaming needs. My primary gaming is the superior PC platform (Steam baby), but when i want something new and different Nintendo fits the bill nicely. There is always shovelware on any console, best way to avoid them is be smart, do your research and know what you want and your golden. Lets not be under some delusion that shovelware is a feature exclusive to any one console.

      Last edited 20/11/12 5:36 pm

    Great vid. Everyday I see something that makes me doubt my WiiU purchase.... Then I see something like this

    I still don't understand why Nintendo is so ridiculously adverse to voice chat.

    It's kind of disappointing that Home never went anywhere like this. It had the potential to with all the zones dedicated to particular games but I think having it as a separate application rather than integrated into the XMB was what killed it for me. I just have my tablet in my lap most gaming sessions to serve a similar purpose.

    Last edited 20/11/12 8:12 pm

    Wii U domination is at hand!! Come on 30th of November!!!!

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