Nintendo of Europe Confirms: Mii Verse Will Not Connect to Facebook or Twtter

It seems that Facebook, Twiiter, Pinterest, and Tumblr are controlling the internet these days.  When I want to research a new company, product, or even a person, the first question I ask is, “Do they have a Facebook?”  This is not because I expect to find all of the answers there, but because it has become a central hub of knowledge.  From their facebook profile I can find information such as their website, contact info, what’s new, opinions, and even stuff I probably did not want to know.  Since social sites have become a centralized location of information, it seem just natural to connect the video game universe to those sites.

I have a few friends that have their PSN accounts linked to their Facebook pages, and as see see their achievements flash on my news feed, I get a little envious of their accomplishments, but even more so I get competitive.  Those notifications stoke a fire inside that makes me want to achieve more.  Connecting a game to a site such as Facebook is also free advertisement.  If you see a friend constantly winning achievements, you will probably ask them about the game and maybe pick up a copy yourself.

I was surprised to learn that Laurent Fischer, Nintendo of Europe, confirmed that the Miiverse for Wii U will not Connect to the various social platforms.  He did confirm that a player will be able to access their Miiverse via their PC, Mac, 3DS, and favorite smartphone, sometime after the initial launch.

“What we have discussed so far… I think it is the other way around, from any devices in the future you will be able to access the Miiverse, from mobile phone or laptop. You can check what’s going on and even participate.” stated Laurent Fischer.  He went on to say, “On the Wii U we do have additional reasons for connecting, we talked about things like the video chat system, nothing revolutionary but it’s going to be convenient, it’s going to be easy.”

Laurent also explained some of the ease of connecting with People on the Wii U, “And the Miiverse is the one actually that I believe has a very unique feature which is we put ourselves in the situation of making sure the people you can communicate with they are somehow already in a kind of community. The community will be the Wii U owners, who will have this common interest for video games and our expectation about that is it’s going to be a way to enhance the idea of sharing information on the video game.”

“One thing that is very important to us is that somehow you could pick up information from people you trust, maybe on games that you wouldn’t consider naturally. Because Miiverse will show you what are the topics or the games played at the moment within the community. And then you may have one interesting comment that will trigger your curiosity and then maybe you will get more information on that game and then at the end what is important to make sure people have different game play experiences. So considering a game that you wouldn’t consider it’s like enlarging your scope in terms of gaming, and that’s the key point for us.”

Personally, I am okay with the lack of Social Network connectivity.  If I feel the need to brag about a new high score, I can always tweet tin, or post it in my news feed.  But then again, it seems to be a little behind the times with the connected world we live in.  What are your thoughts on the lack of connectivity to Social Networks, is this even an issue or do you believe the internal Nintendo Social Network will do fine on its own?

 

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11 Responses to Nintendo of Europe Confirms: Mii Verse Will Not Connect to Facebook or Twtter

  1. lufi says:

    its stupid, stupid, stupid… nintendo has not yet learned what a console needs in the year 2010… and we already have 2012!!! Nintendo has to go online, why dont they get it ?

  2. wakko1337 says:

    @Lufi,
    Yes, because if it doesn’t connect to Facebook, it will NEVER EVER sell.

    Because I need MORE “I got this trophy and this done on this game!” garbage on my news feed.

  3. wakko1337 says:

    Hey Essel, there’s a Nintendo Direct tonight at midnight EST, let everyone know!

  4. Artefacto says:

    It’s because they want to cater to that 5-95 range, and they take the 5 part very seriously. They don’t want complete wild west social networks where kids could be exposed. Heck, even the Miiverse is said to take around half hour for a single post to be approved of spoilers or offensive language. I understand why they wouldn’t connect to facebook (and personally, I don’t want it either).

  5. Essel Pratt says:

    Wakko1337, you read my mind, i was just typing up a quick article!

  6. Harrison says:

    If our biggest concern is the idea of the Wii U connecting to Facebook or Twitter, then our priorities need to be in check.

  7. Mattiac says:

    Expected stupidity from Nintendo! 🙁

  8. Harrison says:

    Once again, is this really a dealbreaker for some of you.

    Let this comic explain:

    http://www.hiwiller.com/2010/04/29/if-mario-was-designed-in-2010/

  9. wakko1337 says:

    @Essel, it’s because I’m a psychic like that. I know things. Like I know you probably drank coffee today…but this time you were fortunate and didn’t spill it on your keyboard.

    @Harrison
    I think I love you.

  10. raindog469 says:

    I don’t have a PS3, so I don’t know how intrusive the Facebook thing is (does it prompt you to do it constantly? is it just an option buried in the network settings?) But I do know I hid them from my Facebook feed within about 2 days of seeing someone enable it, just as I’ve hidden or blocked Farmville, Mafia Wars, Foursquare, and literally hundreds of other Facebook apps. If the Xbox 360 has that “feature”, I’ve thankfully never encountered it.

    So, knowing that the Wii U will never nag me to “Connect with Facebook!!!” is actually a selling point for me. But then, I haven’t been 14 years old since before the first Super Mario Bros. appeared in the arcade.

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