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Today's Nintendo Direct - the facts

Iwata and Reggie stole the show, but what else did we learn?

So, that was that. We've now seen Miiverse and a whole heap of other Wii U features revealed, and Iwata had one of the most awkward conversations we've ever heard with Reggie Fils-Aime himself. Now that we've had an hour or so, we've even managed to translate it. Below are our findings.

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- The Miiverse Plaza is the first screen you'll see on your TV, while the GamePad displays a similar menu to the 3DS.

- You can swap the GamePad and TV displays with the icon in the top-right of the GamePad.

- Iwata unboxed the Japanese Wii U Premium bundle whilst wearing gloves and playing incredible, dramatic music.

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- You can have up to 12 user accounts on a single console. Each account stores separate game save data, internet browser settings and a record of what you've played.

- You choose which user account you want to use each time you turn on the Wii U.

- Nintendo Network IDs (which require a password, email address, gender, date of birth and area of residence to set up) will be used to access network features like Wii U video chat or the eShop.

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- If one user account uses their Nintendo Network ID to purchase a game from the eShop, that game is available to play by every other user account on the console.

- Nintendo plan to partner with other software developers, meaning you can use your Nintendo Network ID to access their services.

- In future, your Nintendo Network ID will link with other Nintendo hardware, as well as PCs and Smartphones.

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- A system update will be required to use the network features (Miiverse, video chat, the eShop etc.) on launch day.

- A full description of the transfer process to move you Wiiware and Virtual Console games from your Wii to a Wii U will be revealed on the Nintendo website soon. It will involve an SD card.

- The Wii U Internet Browser can be accessed while playing a game, without closing the game itself.

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- Post game screenshots to Miiverse by pressing the GamePad's Home button and pressing a Miiverse icon.

- The Miiverse feed will show tweet-like updates, drawings and screenshots, with an option to hide any spoilers. It will be made up of your friends and other chosen content.

- You can add a friend through Miiverse without swapping Friend Codes (or whatever the Nintendo Network ID equivalent is).

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- Miiverse can be integrated into games itself - the examples shown were the New Super Mario Bros. U overworld and the Nintendo Land hub, with Miiverse comments popping up over the areas or Miis they correspond to.

- Games will ask you if you want to post to Miiverse at certain points.

- Iwata called Reggie for a Wii U video chat. It was the best thing ever.

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- You can draw on the GamePad screen during the chat, and the other caller will see it being drawn in real-time.

- Nintendo have partnered with Joysound, a karaoke company, to make a karaoke app that has access to 90,000 tracks, song-changing options and the ability to show pictures from the Wii U's gallery as you sing. We're not sure if this will hit Europe as yet.

- We are happy.

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And what we're still not clear on:

- Whether you make one Nintendo Network ID per console or per user account

- Whether you have a username or a friend code attached to your Nintendo Network ID.

- Could we ever have a more simultaneously awkward and entertaining conversation that Satoru and Reggie?

Colour us excited. No, seriously, get on Wii U Chat and colour us in.


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  1. scouserfuller9 Wednesday 7th Nov 2012 at 13:44

    Worried about an SD card needed for system transfer. The slot on my Wii is somehow damaged and now doesn't work :(

  2. shy guy 64 Wednesday 7th Nov 2012 at 13:49


  3. MartinIsAwesome Wednesday 7th Nov 2012 at 13:52

    One of teh most informative Nintendo Directs yet. It certainly cleared up a lot of the mysteries behind MiiVerse and the Wii U's operating system. I'm really like the Home Screen. It looks like a perfect blend of the Wii and 3DS Home Sceens.

    Iwata's Wii U unboxing was great, especially when he tried to put the GamePad in the stand the wrong way round. The gloves were a nice ouch, although now that I know that he carries them around in his suit pocket I'm worried that he's secretly a master thief.

    And the Video Chat. I don't know what was more cringe-worthy; the awkward air of the set up chat, or Reggie's Japanese.

  4. shadowlugia101 Wednesday 7th Nov 2012 at 15:42

    this is awesome! it seems to me that the miiverse is probably a bigger innovation for the wii u than the gamepad

  5. 3DSRulesO.K Wednesday 7th Nov 2012 at 15:59

    This is just as good as Xbox Live and PSN...




    #COME ON COME ON COME OOOOOOOON!!!!# WOOOOOOOOOOOP! :mrgreen: :twisted: 8) :D :!:

  6. spacemen13 Wednesday 7th Nov 2012 at 16:14

    The miiverse plaze looks a bit overpacked and messy to me...

  7. Commandervideo Wednesday 7th Nov 2012 at 16:16

    You can transfer Wiiware/VC games...
    But what about save data for Monster Hunter Tri, SSBB and other online games that can't be moved or copied?

  8. MartinIsAwesome Wednesday 7th Nov 2012 at 16:26

    You can transfer Wiiware/VC games...
    But what about save data for Monster Hunter Tri, SSBB and other online games that can't be moved or copied?

    I'm pretty sure Nintendo have already spoken about a System Transfer system that moves save data too.

  9. Mr Roboto Wednesday 7th Nov 2012 at 17:28

    Thanks for this it has answered a lot of my questions.

  10. K-tet Wednesday 7th Nov 2012 at 19:40

    You can transfer Wiiware/VC games...
    But what about save data for Monster Hunter Tri, SSBB and other online games that can't be moved or copied?

    If I'm right in understanding how it works, without being too technical, because all of your Wiiware/VC software and online-enabled save game data is tied to a unique code on your Wii, you'll be able to transfer said code to Wii U, meaning it will transfer everything. This I also believe is true for Mii's too. Don't quote me on that part (although I know that's true for 3DS system transfers).

  11. Brimstone Wednesday 7th Nov 2012 at 21:03

    The miiverse plaze looks a bit overpacked and messy to me...

    I tend to agree, i think it the biggest thing i don't like about it. I hope it's more intuitive use than it looks...
    Nintendo have never let me down so far so i'm hopeful it'll be good in the end.... but it looks terribly messy to me.

  12. tohaker Wednesday 7th Nov 2012 at 21:51

    The Miiverse looked amazing when they announced it. Now it just looks AMAZING! However, Nintendo somehow managed to find the most BORING, LONELY Japanese guy to show it all off. He looked like he was being held hostage by Iwata until his whole life was managed by the Wii U. Bring back Non-Specific Action Figure!! As for the system transfer, you will probably need a working SD Card slot, and I reckon Nintendo will release an app that puts your whole system onto an SD Card (the Wii has a Hard Drive of 512mb, so you don't need a big SD card). Then you will probably be able to transfer your data over when you first turn on your Wii U (or after the day 1 update). 8)

  13. lyingthroughyour Wednesday 7th Nov 2012 at 22:03

    It's looking good! I'm started to get excited about MiiVerse/Wara Wara Plaza's potential.

    The only worrying thing is they STILL haven't discussed how online play will work or shown any online games in actions.

    I really hope there is some kind of non game/game lobby voice chat

  14. the_yoshimaster Thursday 8th Nov 2012 at 02:28

    every time i read this stuff i just want to get the wiiu more!!! :)

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