Nintendo is not completely sure on how they will approach their Miiverse system. Satoru Iwata understands that messages need to be delivered immediately but believes that Nintendo must make Miiverse a safe environment for children. Nintendo has a few techniques, which they think will make Wii U’s online infrastructure secure.
Nintendo plans to add programs to Wii U software that will filter any negative messages, which may not always be accurate because people find alternatives to spelling certain words. Nintendo will allow users to flag any content they deem inappropriate. Nintendo will also moderate gamers’ behaviors in the Miiverse, which may be a problem because messages will not be sent until they are approved by the company.
“The attraction of a social network is the immediacy of the feedback,” Iwata said. On the other hand, it’s absolutely essential that parents need to feel comfortable with Miiverse as a safe place for their children, he added.
That raises the question: What is an acceptable time lag that satisfies both requirements? Is it 30 minutes? Or three hours?
Iwata said that the company will monitor feedback from its users when the service launches to answer that question. “But personally, I think 30 minutes should be acceptable,” he said.