Marty from Miiverse has explained on the Wii U social network that the Nintendo Network and Miiverse will be experiencing server maintenance from 4 pm on Monday 30th September to 1 am on Tuesday, October 1st. Whether this has anything to do with the Wii U system update remains to be seen. Yesterday, Nintendo Force writer Emily Rogers stated that the Wii U system update is coming sooner than we think. Fingers crossed, eh?
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Nintendo has provided another welcomed update for users of its Miiverse social network on Wii U. The latest update allows users to directly post on their friends feeds without the need to post directly into Communities. You can now chat with friends without having to enter a dedicated community, making the social network more like Twitter.
Speaking at the Indie Games Collective event at the UKIE HQ in London, Nintendo of Europe’s Business Development Manager, Ed Valiente announced that the Miiverse would be arriving in the near future on Nintendo’s own 3DS console. In addition, Valiente revealed that Nintendo has plans to eventually launch special Miiverse apps for smartphones so that Nintendo fans will have more ways to connect than ever on their mobile devices.
Although there have been rumors of this announcement for a couple of months now, the news from the Indie Games Collective is the first official word from Nintendo. With cross-platforming of 3DS and Wii U already taking place through gaming (Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate) and features (Animal Crossing Plaza), Nintendo seems to be making more and more strides to link the two systems together. No official date has been given for the 3DS version of Miiverse, but players can more than likely expect it before the end of the year.
Masahiro Sakurai, speaking from the Director’s Room on the Miiverse today, informed fans of Super Smash Bros. that the black outline surrounding characters in the 3DS version of the game can be made thinner or turned off. The outlines have drawn the interest and concern of fans when the first pictures of the game were released. Sakurai has said that the lines help players to discern playable characters from the backgrounds on the small 3DS screen. In true Sakurai fashion, even this aspect of the game has now been revealed to be customizable. Here is what he had to say on Miiverse about the above picture:
Pic of the day. I guess we haven’t shown the Villager or the Wii Fit Trainer on the 3DS until now. By the way, their outlines can be made thinner or made to disappear completely.
The other changes are as follows: Wii U version and Web version You can now attach tags such as “Question” and “Impressions” to your Miiverse posts. Any tags you attach yourself will be coloured blue. (As before, posts made from games will have green tags.) The tags you can choose vary by community, but now that you can filter posts by tag, it’s much easier to find the post you’re looking for! Wii U version only The character limit for messages to other users has been changed to 200. In June, we changed the character limit for posts and comments from 100 to 200, and now we’ve carried over this change to also apply to messages.
Nintendo has launched a new EarthBound community for Miiverse which will give users official updates on the revered series. The page, which is dubbed the Onett Times, will be used by Nintendo representatives to post news and information related to EarthBound. It’s not clear if Nintendo’s looking to localise Mother3, but it’s a possibility given the sales of EarthBound on the Wii U Virtual Console.
Takemoto, the director behind the New Super Luigi U downloadable content for New Super Mario Bros U, has announced a competition for New Super Luigi U Miiverse users. The competition requires you to collect the least amount of coins in New Super Luigi U. Clearly this isn’t going to be an easy competition, but I wish everyone who enters lots of luck.
Hello! This is Takemoto, the New SUPER LUIGI U game director. If you’ve finished the game already, I’m sure you’ve noticed that you can now travel to a secret island and check out your game records. What I want to see is a screenshot of that showing how many coins you picked up in New SUPER LUIGI U! Let’s make it a competition! …but there’s a twist. The winner is the one who has the LEAST amount of coins. I’m accepting entries until 18th August. If you want to enter, just attach your screenshot to a comment on this post. What’s the lowest coin total? Is it possible to complete the game without picking up any coins? If so, has anyone managed it? I look forward to finding out the answers! Good luck, everyone!
We’ve previously heard rumors of the Nintendo 3DS ditching Friend Codes in 2013 in favor of Nintendo Network ID‘s, and we’ve known that Miiverse will become accessible from the handheld console by the end of the year. However, newly surfaced rumors suggest that both additions will become available to Nintendo 3DS users via a firmware update that is supposedly releasing this fall, according to Nintendo Force writer Emily Rogers.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has explained to investors that the company is busy working on system-wide asynchronous multiplayer for Miiverse. Basically this means that you will be able to send your play data to Miiverse for others to download and play against at a different time. There’s no information on when asynchronous multiplayer is going to be implemented, but it’s certainly an interesting development by Nintendo.
A number of you have contacted me to say that Miiverse has been updated this morning. Users of the Wii U social network can now create posts that are 200 characters long. Previously, Miiverse users could only create posts that were 100 characters long, so this change has come as a welcome addition to many.
Thanks to everyone that sent this in.