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Nintendo's new Miiverse social network likely aims to build excitement for the upcoming console Wii U

Nintendo has announced the upcoming launch of its own social network called Miiverse ahead of the Japanese company's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) presentation in Los Angeles this week.

The Miiverse network is Nintendo's own social network that allows users to interact with their friends and other players. Users can see what others are playing, share game content, use the Wii camera for video conferencing, and use the controller to update picture/text messages on the network.

The move is likely in response to Nintendo posting its first annual loss this year. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, Nintendo reported a net loss of 43.2 billion yen ($532.5 million USD). This is huge, considering the game maker generated a profit of 77.6 billion yen ($958.9 million USD) one year earlier. Nintendo also took a 36.2 percent hit to its revenue and had an operating loss of 37.3 billion yen ($460.9 million USD).

Nintendo's loss was blamed mostly on poor Wii sales and a slow start with the 3DS portable system that the company released last year. In fact, Nintendo was forced to slash the price of the 3DS from $249.99 to $169.99 only months after its release.

Nintendo is expected to release its Wii successor "Wii U" this year, which will feature a controller with a 6.2-inch screen, an accelerometer, gyroscope, rumble support, microphone, speakers, stylus, sensor strip, and a front-facing camera. It is designed for multi-player gaming, but does allow single-player gaming. The console itself features an IBM Power-based multi-core processor and measures 10.5" in length, 6.8" in width, and 1.8" in height.

Nintendo's new Miiverse social network likely aims to build excitement for the upcoming console, but some are skeptical about how successful Miiverse will be. While Nintendo says that the social network will eventually be capable of access through the 3DS, smartphones and PCs, its lack of connection with Facebook or Twitter will leave it behind in the social networking race.

The announcement of Miiverse didn't exactly impress investors either. Nintendo shares only increased 0.2 percent on the Tokyo Stock Exchange today when the announcement was made.

Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata released a video where he formally introduced the Miiverse social network. Check out the video below:

Source: BBC News

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By Labotomizer on 6/4/2012 11:22:31 AM , Rating: 3
I think it looks pretty awesome. Not sure why we say it won't support FaceBook on the console, the 3DS does already. I'm pretty sure that part will stay. Will Miiverse link to FB? No clue, but I'm sure the console will support it.

RE: Excited
By xenol on 6/4/2012 12:19:20 PM , Rating: 2
It won't be tied to Facebook because of the family friendly nature that Nintendo must present. With Nintendo running the show, at worst, it'll just be crude, hand drawn pictures.

I'm also wondering how they're going to fund this, as Nintendo traditionally has been against any sort of centralized network system.

RE: Excited
By Mitch101 on 6/4/2012 2:10:56 PM , Rating: 2
Looks great but Microsoft just threw a bomb in Nintendo's Wii-U
This second-screen strategy also brings up the question: has Microsoft just stolen some of the thunder from the Wii U, the way that the Kinect stole thunder from the Wii's motion controls?

You will soon be able to use your tablet on the X-Box 360 and use it for games. So pick your plays and then use Voice commands with Kinect this could be really cool.

RE: Excited
By Labotomizer on 6/4/2012 3:01:03 PM , Rating: 2
I highly doubt it will deliver the same experience as the Wii U Gamepad. Ultimately, best case, you're looking at connectivity via WiFi between console and phone/tablet. While you can use that to display some information and perhaps for some very basic control schemes, it's not quite the same as the connectivity and ultra low latency response the Wii U Gamepad provides. We're talking sub-1ms latency at all times. It's actually pretty impressive.

Also, will your tablet double as a universal remote. That's one awesome feature of the Wii U Gamepad. Especially since an equivalent universal remote would be $200 anyway.

Don't get me wrong, I have a 360 and a Windows Phone and think some of the stuff MS showed off looks amazing. But I'll still be buying the Nintendo console day 1 if the software line up calls for it. Which I believe it will.

RE: Excited
By Mitch101 on 6/4/2012 4:03:07 PM , Rating: 2
Also, will your tablet double as a universal remote

Yes Microsoft Smart Glass

RE: Excited
By Labotomizer on 6/4/2012 5:04:30 PM , Rating: 2
Nothing in your link mentions my comment. The Wii U Gamepad has an IR port that will allow it to function as a universal remote for your TV, Cable box, etc. Hard for software to do what requires an IR feature.

I know this isn't a Wii U article
By FITCamaro on 6/4/2012 2:30:47 PM , Rating: 2
But am I the only one who thinks the Wii U controller looks gargantuan and uncomfortable? And I say that as someone who actually didn't mind the original Xbox controller.

Or who just wants a regular game console in the next gen consoles? I don't want some expensive, easy to break controller.

RE: I know this isn't a Wii U article
By amanojaku on 6/4/2012 4:45:16 PM , Rating: 2
Nintendo teases Wii U Pro Controller, black Wii U hardware

RE: I know this isn't a Wii U article
By FITCamaro on 6/4/2012 5:05:03 PM , Rating: 2

Developers already saying Wii U is overly complicated to develop for. I would bet part of that reason is the controller.

By lenardo on 6/5/2012 10:15:22 AM , Rating: 2
overly complicated, LAST e3 gearbox said it took a programmer

5 minutes and 2 lines of code to get the aliens game running with the tablet.

the wiiu tablet is a TRADITIONAL controller,,with a touchscreen in the middle.

the wiiu uses all the NORMAL programmable graphics effects- no TEV's anymore.

sure it will have a few quirks, but what console does not?

devs have said it is extremely easy to port a ps360 game to the wiiu.. what is "complicated" for the devs is apparently, putting stuff on the gamepad screen-which they DO NOT HAVE TO UTILIZE.

basically they are too lazy to even try

By TakinYourPoints on 6/4/2012 6:33:41 PM , Rating: 2
It isn't uncomfortable at all. I got my hands on it at E3 last year, it is light like a Kindle e-reader and as comfortable to hold as an XBox gamepad. Very light and ergonomic.

Why would you need/want that?
By Trisped on 6/5/2012 6:51:39 PM , Rating: 2
...its lack of connection with Facebook or Twitter will leave it behind in the social networking race.
Steam does not have Facebook or Twitter integration, I use it all the time to communicate with gaming friends. The only possible value I can see to having an interface with Facebook or Twitter is posting alerts when you earn an achievement or updating your status when you are playing a game.

LOL Name
By Visual on 6/6/2012 3:08:44 AM , Rating: 2
Shoulda called it U-mii-verse...

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