October 29th, 2012, 23:28 Posted By: wraggster
Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata has said the firm is working on a new Nintendo Direct broadcast that will clarify details for the Wii U's Miiverse feature.
Nintendo is yet to fully unveil Wii U's online capabilities - despite the console's launch being just weeks away - but an upcoming Nintendo Direct video will seek to paint a clearer picture."'Miiverse' is a new network service which connects those who play games, and we plan to start it at the same time as the launch of the Wii U system," said Iwata in a recent investor's Q&A.
"As it would take me a long time to elaborate on 'Miiverse' here, we are currently preparing a Nintendo Direct video to explain about it in detail before the launch of Wii U," he confirmed.
He went on to elaborate a little on further MiiVerse details, explaining that Wii U games will not require specific development to support Miiverse.
"Without any specific development work, all Wii U games are supposed to be able to invoke 'Miiverse' without being shut down and utilize basic functions of 'Miiverse'. Further development work in a game could create more opportunities for communication and empathy among users," said Iwata.
He went on to reiterate Nintendo's plans to expand Miiverse to other platforms, including non-Nintendo devices. "As 'Miiverse' is not confined to dedicated gaming platforms and will be available on smart devices in the near future, we hope that, even on a train where many people are using smart devices, you will know how your gaming friends are enjoying their games."
Elsewhere in the Q&A, Iwata told investors that its Wii U business will not become profitable until the next fiscal year.
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