Satoru Iwata says that, with the Wii U, Nintendo is aiming to create a platform where video game players can share their experiences with each other. Although Facebook connects millions of people with different interests, some of which may be gaming related, the social network is not tailored for players – whereas Nintendo’s Miiverse will be particularly for gamers.
“Of course the Internet does provide a lot of that interaction, but it’s not built for that purpose. For example, Facebook is something that connects you socially with a lot of different folks, but that doesn’t guarantee that the people you are going to have interactions with via Facebook are interested in games. And what I’m saying is that I don’t believe that the life experiences that you have—and those might be with the people you are connected with on Facebook—are not equal to the gaming experiences you might have with a lot of different folks.”
“I feel that we need to create—or present—a gaming platform as the place to create that ‘social graph’ for folks who are in gaming circles, I guess. So that’s kind of the reason for creating Miiverse.”