Miiverse Browser Update Allows You To Post Messages And Follow People

Miiverse_logoSpotted by NeoGaf user Astroid2, Wii U owners can now post messages to Miiverse via their PC, as well as follow people from the web app. Last month, Nintendo announced Miiverse would be coming to browsers, smartphones and other devices but the beta version would not allow users to produce posts or utilise any other features from the Wii U.

Now it appears you can make new posts direct from your PC, as detailed in the image here. Not only that but the web app will also allow you to view your friends/following lists, update your profile details and edit general Miiverse settings. According to another NeoGaf user, you will be able to view any Miiverse post despite not owning a Nintendo Network ID – just using the URL will allow you to open the post. And, if that wasn’t enough, the restriction between making new posts has seen a reduction to three minutes from the initial five minutes. You can access Miiverse through your browser at  miiverse.nintendo.net to check out the new features.

Capcom UK Pulls Resident Evil Revelations Event After Cruel Woolwich Attack

woolwich attackCapcom UK has decided to cancel its Resident Evil Revelations event in light of the tragic attack in Woolwich, London. Yesterday, a British soldier was reportedly hacked to death by two men shouting islamic statements in the streets of South London, in which the government is treating to be a terrorist attack. One of the men was filmed – still holding the knives in which he carried out the attack – and claimed that he killed the man because British soldiers kill Muslims every day.

Due to the attack, Capcom UK’s event – which was to see a 16ft by 32ft swimming pool filled with a specially concocted blood dye combined with human torso floats – will no longer be going ahead this weekend on May 25 and 26 at London’s Jupiter Wharf. A Capcom UK spokesperson had the following to say this morning:

“In light of yesterday’s sad events we’re cancelling our Revelations pool event. Thank you for your understanding.”

Due to the sensitive nature of this topic, please keep your comments in respect of the tragic occurrence. Thankyou.

North American Retailer Target Selling Wii U Basic For $240

wii_u_console_whiteSpotted on a North American retailer website is the lowest selling price currently seen for the Wii U basic set. Target is offering the basic set for a cheap as chips sale price of $239.99, which is $60 lower than its current recommended retail price at $299.99. The news comes just after a rumour was unveiled detailing that the Wii U only sold 38,000 units last month. And with the drop at UK retailers Asda and Amazon last month, could we be seeing a new price for the Wii U across North America in due time?

Denis Dyack Responds To Accusations Affecting Shadow Of The Eternals Development

Kickstarter-led project Shadow of the Eternals has been on the crowdfunding market for two weeks, but with 29 days to go and only $80,000 of its $1,350,000 goal met, Denis Dyack has chosen to produce a video response – which you can see above – saying why he thinks the project isn’t amassing the expected success.

In a half-hour video, Dyack responds to a variety of topics but chooses to focus his attention on the Kotaku article published last year, which expresses how X-Men Destiny’s development suffered at the hands of Eternal Darkness 2. Dyack admits that because of the negativity surrounding the previous projects he’s worked on – such as the accusations of embezzlement and his harsh exterior with prior staff – it has, ultimately, affected the crowdfunding project for Precursor Games’ Shadow of the Eternals. He says:

“When I first saw this article, I believed that because there was not a single credible source where nothing could be verified that anyone would actually believe this. I knew what they were saying in accusations about me embezzling money from Activision and being terrible to people were not true, but from my perspective, now that I look at it, I probably should have came out sooner but I underestimated the advance of technology on the internet. Every time [the article] was linked it got this incremental shred of credibility.

“I’ve got to do something about this, because it’s affecting me, it’s affecting my colleagues at Precursor Games, and it’s affecting the community that wants to see this game get made.”

Dyack believes that the Kotaku article and its claims were entirely false, so Silicon Knights decided not to comment lest it render the article as a ‘credible source’. Dyack continues to delve deeper into the root of the problem throughout the video commenting on his relationship with Nintendo, the privilege of working with Iwata and Miyamoto, as well as apologising for the outcome of X-Men Destiny.

Given that Precursor’s CEO Paul Caporicci responded to fans questions in a recent blog post and backed his fellow colleague, do you agree with Dyack and do you think the crowdfunding of Shadow of the Eternals is being hindered? Let us know in the comments below.

Next Sonic Game Could Be Named ‘Sonic Lost World’?

sega_logo_sonicAccording to a listing on the European Union Trade Marks and Design Registration, Sega’s next Sonic game could be called Sonic Lost World. The game was listed on the website yesterday, where a snapshot was taken by Siliconera, detailing the upcoming title. However, under the goods and services section the game is listed as a “computer game software for use on mobile and cellular phones”, as well as game cartridges, Digital Spy reports. There have been a number of rumours circulating about the next Sonic game, with the most recent named Sonic Excursion, but with seven new Sega releases coming for the Wii U, a Sonic title could well be one of them.

Nintendo Claiming Ad Revenue On Let’s Players YouTube Content

luigis_mansion_dark_moon_ghostCat videos and internet memes are not the only content to have had massive success on YouTube, Let’s Play content has also shared in the madness, with Notch-born Minecraft taking up a whole whack of space on the user-generated website. But now it appears, Nintendo are allegedly beginning to monopolise on the success of Let’s Players who specifically play any Nintendo-owned content.

YouTube Let’s Player Zack Scott – who is currently playing through Luigi’s Mansion 2 – recently noticed that many of his Nintendo-related videos were issued with content ID matches, which prevented him from producing any money from ad revenue on his videos. Content ID matches are less severe than copyright claims, they serve a purpose to enable the publisher to monetize on content of and relating to what the publisher owns. With this in mind, Scott turned to Facebook, sending a message to his subscribers, and as an open message to Nintendo, explaining the issue. A portion of what he said is stated below:

“I think filing claims against LPers is backwards. Video games aren’t like movies or TV. Each play-through is a unique audiovisual experience. When I see a film that someone else is also watching, I don’t need to see it again. When I see a game that someone else is playing, I want to play that game for myself! Sure, there may be some people who watch games rather than play them, but are those people even gamers?

“Since I started my gaming channel, I’ve played a lot of games. I love Nintendo, so I’ve included their games in my line-up. But until their claims are straightened out, I won’t be playing their games. I won’t because it jeopardizes my channel’s copyright standing and the livelihood of all LPers.”

In a bid to set the record straight, Nintendo issued a statement to web publication Game Front, saying that they do not wish to block user-generated content from Nintendo material but will take ad revenue from Nintendo-owned content of a certain length. Do you think Nintendo should be monopolising on video content from YouTube? And what do you think this will mean for Let’s Players in the future? Let us know in the comments below.

As part of our on-going push to ensure Nintendo content is shared across social media channels in an appropriate and safe way, we became a YouTube partner and as such in February 2013 we registered our copyright content in the YouTube database. For most fan videos this will not result in any changes, however, for those videos featuring Nintendo-owned content, such as images or audio of a certain length, adverts will now appear at the beginning, next to or at the end of the clips. We continually want our fans to enjoy sharing Nintendo content on YouTube, and that is why, unlike other entertainment companies, we have chosen not to block people using our intellectual property.

– Nintendo Representative

LEGO Friends Will Build Up To Autumn 3DS Release

lego friendsLEGO is about to get a spritz of feminine couture in TT Games’ new title announced for the Nintendo 3DS and DS. LEGO Friends is based on the building set collection of toys, which was launched in 2012, and has proved very popular for the younger generation of girls.

LEGO Friends, based in the tranquil area of Heartlake City, will allow players to explore their unique sense of style, dance until their feet drop off and take pictures with the 3DS camera at the studio, as well as focus on building relationships with their group of friends.  And even if you’re a bit of a tomboy, LEGO Friends has got you covered, as you can have a kick-around at football practice.

TT Games Managing Director Tom Stone said in support of the title:

“We are very proud to welcome even more girls into the world of LEGO videogames with a title based on the best-selling LEGO Friends line. LEGO Friends allows players to build personal fun adventure while expressing their individual style and personality along the way.”

The game is set for release this Autumn. Is it good news that the LEGO franchise is expanding to another audience? Let us know your thoughts below.