Nintendo Confirms You Can Friend Strangers Via Miiverse For Wii U

Like the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U will feature friend codes so that strangers won’t be able to purposely harass dutiful gamers. You can, however, become Wii U buddies with strangers via Miiverse, according to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. Iwata says Wii U players can friend people on Miiverse who share similar interests.

Expect to hear more details regarding Miiverse as we get closer to the new console’s launch.

Also, on Nintendo platforms up to this point, in order to become friends with people on the same system (specified people with whom you could exchange data), you were required to mutually enter numbers called “Friend Codes.” This was set in place in order to prevent negative gameplay experiences caused by a few people who might derive pleasure from anonymously harassing strangers, so that games could be played without that worry. On the Wii U, you can become friends with people who share your tastes through the Miiverse, so increasing the number of people to enjoy games with is its critical mission.



  1. Well, that means that Friendcodes AREN’T as prevalent now. YAY!!!

    That being said, I think that there’ll be a way to make sure that privacy will be secure.


  2. I knew they were just gonna fuck this up. Not like XBOX Live or PS Network couldn’t set this shit up for them for an easy forumla. As someone else said, Microsoft handed Nintendo a cheat sheet on the online infrastructure test and they still failed.


    1. How did they fuck it up?
      Why the hell would anyone add a stranger hen they dont play the game? Thats basically whats its saying. If you’re playing a game, in Miiverse you see who else is playing that game, either worldwide, in your friends lists or recently met. Then you add that person.

      Otherwise, you messge that person directly, or get the friend code, if its your friend, and add them.

      Where is this “problem” that you fucking morons keep finding?


    2. Nintendo makes their own stuff, did you ever read a statement that Nintendo made? They ignore what their competitors do and make their own products.


      1. There is a difference between copying something logical and making up some stupid crap. All they had to do was use the same format as the XBOX Live but yet they somehow need to come up with their own stupid service and none of us know nothing about it.


      2. You would think that along with implementing ads, they would actually get rid of XBLG. Also, if I want to pay subscription fees for something, it’s going to be for an actual service, not privileges. I mean really, no Xbox 360 game uses Microsoft servers for multiplayer(not even Halo), so why should I pay extra for that?
        I know they had to cover the cost for selling the console at a loss but I don’t want to keep paying them for over that amount. I would have been more okay with a one-time payment.


    3. Please tell me how Microsoft invented the friend system.

      But seriously, Microsoft only used it. They didn’t actually add anything significant that you can say that they made themselves.


    4. You know your right… Nintendo didn’t invent the d-pad seen on every controller today, or conceive the idea of a touch screen on a handheld, or integrate motion into its console first, or make a controller that has a screen built in. They didn’t do any of that. Microsoft is fucking perfect!


      1. Kissing Colin Cancer’s ass much, I see. Another fucking moron. If Nintendo didn’t invent the d-pad, what do you call an NES controller that looks like a plus sign? You’ve failed to realize that Nintendo uses the touch screen for the DS. And you should know the fact that Mattel had made the officially licensed motion controller known as the Power Glove.


  3. That’s very promising :). Sure the wiiu may not have cross game and party chat (YET!!!!) BUT we can use the miiverse commenting system whilst a game is suspended and video time chat aswell . So that in addition to Voice chat implemented into games which suit that feature is a very good start.

    The wiiu’s online functionality is shapeing up to be very good. I mean the way the 3ds friend list works and the fact you can join their available online games and send them messages via Nintendo letterbox aka swapnote is awesome. On the basis of the 3ds how is the wiiu not gunna be awesome ??


  4. My friends on miiverse will be the best players. I will beat them. So I will become the best in the world. NOBODY WILL BEAT ME IN THE NEXT SMASH BROS. NOBODY ON THIS FUCKING PLANET.


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  5. Reblogged this on hypersonic55 and commented:
    This is good to know, connectivity is one of the most important things in gaming these days and its one of the things Nintendo have been missing for a while in the online world in my opinion. So allowing gamers to connect to strangers outside of their friend circle could prove useful and allow people share their love for the same games together.


  6. This is good, especially due to their video chat functionality. There could be quite a bit of predators on the Nintendo Network. Security of friend codes can keep people safe.


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