Miiverse Arrives On Smartphones And Web Browsers By May

miiverse_smartphoneMiiverse is still scheduled to arrive this year on web browsers and smartphones, and it should be available on those two mediums within the next couple months. During a talk at the Game Developers Conference, Miiverse producer Kiyoshi Mizuki said that Nintendo’s social network should become browsable by May via mobile devices and a web browser application. At first, Miiverse on web browsers and smartphones will provide basic functionality, including posting comments, doodling, viewing posts and participating in communities. Mizuki confirmed that Miiverse is still in development for Nintendo 3DS; however, he didn’t share when that version will be released.

Nikki Sends Her Valentine’s Day Swapnote Message Early

nikki_swapnoteNikki has already sent out her Valentine’s Day Swapnote message, via SpotPass on the Nintendo 3DS, even though Valentine’s Day is this Thursday, on February 14th. After reading her message for the first time, you receive a new stationary that features a heart-themed design, which you can then select to write your own messages on. Although you’ve sent the message five days earlier than expected, it’s OK, Nikki, I forgive you.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today I baked some special Valentine’s Day cookies.

I love giving yummy, hand-made gifts to my friends.

-Nikki, via SpotPass, on February 9th

Wii Street U Coming Next Month To Japan, Plus New Trailer

Nintendo revealed that it has changed the name of the Google Street View application for Wii U, which was first announced in December 2012. The application will still be powered by Google, and its official name – in Japan, at least – is Wii Street U. The application allows users to tour the world from the comfort of their own homes. Wii Street U was initially scheduled to launch in Japan this month, but Nintendo confirmed that it will instead be released in the country in mid-February.

Thanks, Tilmen.

Miiverse To Become Browsable On Smartphones This Spring

miiverse_smartphoneSmartphone users will soon be able to browse Miiverse through their devices. During today’s Wii U-focused Nintendo Direct online presentation, company president Satoru Iwata revealed that Miiverse will become accessible on smartphones, via the mobile phones’ browsers, this spring. The initial Miiverse experience on smartphones will be browser-based; however, Iwata confirmed that Nintendo plans to launch a dedicated smartphone application for the social network.

‘Pokémon Rainbow’ For Nintendo 3DS And Pokémon Wii U Application Being Revealed Tomorrow?

pokemonAccording to an anonymous source who’s apparently successfully leaked Pokémon-related news in the past, the big Pokémon news being revealed tomorrow, via a short Nintendo Direct broadcast, will focus on two new projects – an original game for Nintendo 3DS and an application for Wii U.

The source claims that ‘Pokémon Rainbow’ is in the works for Nintendo 3DS. The unconfirmed game will supposedly encompass the settings and Pokémon creatures from generations one to four. The source also claims that a Wii U application featuring a globe with five Pokémon – Pikachu, Munna Treeko, Cyndaquil and Piplup – on its logo will be introduced.

This is what the anonymous source wrote in its entirety:

The announcement is, more or less, a love letter to the franchise. It’s being called Pokemon Rainbow, a 3DS game that encompasses the settings and Pokemon from generations 1-4: Red and Blue, Gold and Silver, Ruby and Sapphire, and Diamond and Pearl. You can take my word for it that the graphics are done up very nicely. The perspective is similar to what you’d expect from Pokemon games, but the camera is much more dynamic. The graphical style is characterized by very clean, dark lines. Almost cartoonish, but not quite. Battles look radically different, and move away from the use of pixel art. Though it seems that the interface is still made of pixels. The battle that it shown is between a totally new trainer and a wild Weedle. The trainer uses a Pikachu.

I’m not privy to any story details, as I only know what will be announced tomorrow. The story is concurrent with Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 in terms of timeline. There are over 20 new Pokemon, and two will be revealed tomorrow. One is an evolution of an older Pokemon Eevee, called Draconeon. The other is a totally new Pokemon, called Verbill. It looks like a rodent, much like the Pokemon Patrat, but has a sort of pirate theme going on.

A Wii U app will be launched along with the game, which will be announced tomorrow. However, all that will be said is that the app will be addressed “at a later date”. The logo for the app features a globe with Pikachu, Munna, Treeko, Cyndaquil, and Piplup popping out from various countries.

The Very First “Reggie Asks” Is Now Available For Your Reading Pleasure

nintendo_tvii_footballNintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime led the first “Reggie Asks.” The interview is broken into five segments and gives readers an in-depth look at the newly released Nintendo TVii application on Wii U. Nintendo TVii is up and running in North America and will be available for use in other regions in the future.

Go here to read the first “Reggie Asks.”

YouTube Now Disabled On Wii U Browser?

youtube_logoA number of Wii U users are saying they can’t watch videos on YouTube via the new console’s browser. Apparently, the video-sharing website loads on Wii U’s browser, but the play buttons don’t display. If this is true, this means that the only way to watch YouTube videos on Wii U is via the abysmal YouTube application.