Among the numerous announcements made during yesterday’s Nintendo Direct, Saturo Iwata revealed a number of upgrades coming to Miiverse this spring—including user-created communities, an advanced filtering system, and expanded features for official Nintendo-verified accounts.
One of the upcoming features coming to Miiverse is something Mario Kart 7 racers are very familiar with. In Mario Kart 7, players can create and join online communities. By inputting a numeric code, players can race with the same group of people without the need of adding one another to their respective Friend List. Wii Fit U will be one of the first Wii U games to use this feature—giving those an opportunity to create a group to support and motivate other Wii Fit U users to meet their personal fitness goals.
Iwata continued to explain the purpose of special Nintendo-verified Miiverse accounts, identified by a small green check in the upper left-hand portion of the avatar, occupying Miiverse. These accounts belong to various game designers and developers such as Katsuhiro Harada and Takashi Tezuka. One of the perks of having an official account is the ability to post links to a website or embed YouTube videos. Masataka Takemoto (NNID: NintendoMasarioA), director of New Super Mario Bros. U, has posted five different YouTube videos showcasing ridiculously incredible speed runs through various stages of the game. Just in case you were wondering, no word yet if regular folks like you and me will ever get the chance to post gameplay footage on Miiverse.
Finally, due to consumer demand, Nintendo plans to provide an advanced filtering system allowing Miiverse users to choose what kind of posts appear in their activity feeds. Iwata explained the need for the expanded options saying users may miss creative works and messages in a game’s given community due to the amount of posts coming in during the day. Let’s hope this means we can block the ever-so-annoying users desperately asking for ‘yeahs’.
These updates will arrive with the next Wii U software update due this spring.