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Miiverse Won't Connect to Twitter or Facebook

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Nintendo's Miiverse social network will start life on Wii U before eventually spreading to Nintendo 3DS and any other web-enabled device, but it won't interact with popular social networks like Twitter or Facebook.

GamesIndustry.biz reports Miiverse will keep its focus on those already interested in video games. Nintendo of Europe's Laurent Fischer told GI:

The community will be the Wii U owners, who will have this common interest for video games and our expectation about that is it's going to be a way to enhance the idea of sharing information on the video game.

Fischer also said there are currently no plans to offer Twitter and Facebook applications on Wii U, citing Nintendo's policy not to offer a service that's already easily accessible on multiple devices; if everyone has these social networks on multiple devices, "what is our benefit to do so also?" asks Fischer.

Of course Wii U will have a built-in web browser so you'll still be able to get your fix of non-Miiverse social interaction for those times when OctoG123 just isn't enough.

[via gamesindustry.biz]

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User Comments (55)

BenAV

#1

BenAV said:

Good.
I don't have either service and I don't want either.
I like Nintendo keeping Miiverse as just being their thing.

eviLaTtenDant

#4

eviLaTtenDant said:

Makes sense since Miiverse should be seen individually. A "connect with twitter" button would most likely detract too much from the intended experience.
And if you want to you should still be able to manually link your Miiverse stuff on twitter / facebook once it comes to the other web-devices.
While personally i don't care much i hope the Wii U browser will make using these two sites as comfy as possible.

cfgk24

#7

cfgk24 said:

Hooray!
No Twitterati! Yippee!

No Farcebook spamming! Woot! Woot!

Right Decision Nintendo!
:) :) :)

Chunky_Droid

#9

Chunky_Droid said:

Though I like PSN's connection to Facebook, posting some trophy updates is cool. But that's all I use it for.

Therefore anything I do on the Miiverse doesn't need to be on Facebook

ShellyDeKiller

#10

ShellyDeKiller said:

It's a good thing Nintendo aren't aiming the Wii U at casual audiences then, otherwise leaving out popular services such as Facebook and Twitter would be really stupid.

I........don't even know what Nintendo is trying to do anymore.

FluttershyGuy

#14

FluttershyGuy said:

Fine with me. That means while playing NSMBU, I won't get nagged with Farmvile/Zynga game requests from obsessed friends (like I pretty much got barraged with and pretty much driven away by). Facebook sucks, tweeting's for birds, and if I wanna contact someone online I'll send an Email or IM!

Chunky_Droid

#15

Chunky_Droid said:

@Sony_70: Kinda, except that if I posted half of what I saw in the demo video on Twitter, my followers wouldn't have a clue what the hell I'm talking about, at least when you see the comments on the game it'll be in more context.

To add to that, I watch WWE, and I'm getting sick of them hashtagging everything, so the less cluttered Miiverse is the better I believe.

Kifa

#17

Kifa said:

Thank gods, I was afraid that I'd be nagged by Twitter and Facebook banners all the time. Great thing those won't connect, at least for now, because... Well, I just hate those services... :/

ShellyDeKiller

#18

ShellyDeKiller said:

What I'm referring to is how numerous websites and services allow several methods of connection with social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter. It may not be my cup of tea, but I know plently of people who enjoy using these services, whether they are through 'Likes', 'Tweets', or whatever. My interpretation of 'Miiverse' is that Nintendo is trying to integrate this social networking concept into an online service, which just confused me considering this new development. If they want people to stay connected, I assumed they would have immediately announced Facebook/Twitter/etc integration. Of course, this is just my thoughts on it, and Nintendo could have an entirely different plan to entice people to their social networking service.

luminalace

#19

luminalace said:

The miiverse being not connected to Twitter and Facebook isn't a big deal but not having FB and Twitter apps is a mistep in my opinion! The more things the Wii U Gamepad can do, the better.

rjejr

#20

rjejr said:

Good decision.

Though I don't get this part -
"citing Nintendo's policy not to offer a service that's already easily accessible on multiple devices"
You mean a service like, say, Netflix? Already on the Wii and 3DS.

Tornado

#21

Tornado said:

I also have mixed thoughts about integration of FB/Twitter/pick-your-fave-SNS... but from a business standpoint, I think this is a bad move. @ShellyDeKiller, good points.

Like it or not, integration of services across sites and platforms is the future. If it's possible using apps, not a problem. I'd rather have it that way versus FB/Twitter integration out-of-the-box, because it gives me, the user, more choice. But what I fear is that Nintendo wants to make the Miiverse a bit of a lonely island disconnected from the broader world of cyberspace. If they do, many folks (not just casuals) will see the site as "so 1990s"--not a recipe for online success. And given Nintendo's track record for online services, it's hard for me to be optimistic they'll get it right this time. But I hope so.

C7_

#22

C7_ said:

I don't see anything wrong with having the option of Twitter and Facebook integration; I would never use it, but celebrating that it's not in there's pretty ridiculous. you don't want to use it then don't bother integrating, but this probably lost them some sales, as social media has proven to be one of the greatest forms of free advertising.

I mean, if a friend start's tweeting all his high scores and impressing people, they might want to join in.

Chunky_Droid

#23

Chunky_Droid said:

From my understandings, Miiverse talks about the games that you play, more often about the games you own, so you can make comments about it.

If you die in a particular section in New Super Mario Bros. Wii U, it'll ask you to comment, this comment gets uploaded to the Miiverse, which will appear in other people's Miiverse (provided they own the game).

I think it's a real novel idea, and doesn't need Twitter or Facebook integration.

If they put the apps on, fine, it's not like I use it on my Vita anyway, when I can use them on my laptop or phone.

I don't believe the PS3 has a Facebook app, and noone on my Facebook list uses the 360 Facebook app, it's really not needed on a home console IMO,

Chunky_Droid

#24

Chunky_Droid said:

@C7: It'd be easier to take a photo of your high score and post it on Facebook or Twitter anyway.

People who really want to use social interaction will already have a way to use it.

Chunky_Droid

#25

Chunky_Droid said:

@Soviet-Dictator: If any of that was aimed at me, I wouldn't consider myself a fan boy, I play my PS3 a lot more than my Wii, and I own a 360 as well. I think many people have their own valid opinions including myself and they're welcome to them as are you, but you haven't really contributed anything by calling everyone fanboys.

Gilius

#27

Gilius said:

This is good. I don't think any of my FB friends would really care about this.

cfgk24

#29

cfgk24 said:

Keep it in House! Here's a fine example:

iTunes - I register with iTunes and it bombards me with ads for what it considers I should be listening to

Nintendo 3ds sound - I have what I want. -No

No Facebook and No Twitter = No . :)

grumblebuzzz

#31

grumblebuzzz said:

My first instinct was to be bummed out about this, but then I thought to myself "Why? Do you really think that Aunt Beulah and that kid you went to elementary school with who is now married with 4 kids really cares that you beat a stage on NSMBU in less than 100 seconds?"

Haxonberik

#32

Haxonberik said:

Win-win for me, Twitter is useful for getting news, but I don't need it on my Wii U, and I hate Facebook with all my heart. Every time I open an account they ask me if I want to log in with Facebook, good I wont be hearing that on the Wii U.

bro2dragons

#33

bro2dragons said:

Missed opportunity. Would be very easy to implement for those who want it and wouldn't at all hurt those who don't just to have the option. Shame.

Stix_Remix

#34

Stix_Remix said:

I like that Miiverse will become a sort of "private" community, specific to Wii U owners and the games they play. People can already post their achievements or game questions to any other social network (just by typing it up), so I can see how Nintendo is trying to build a community by limiting its direct output (why post on Miiverse if you can just as easily post on twitter or elsewhere). Personally, I think Miiverse's biggest competitor will be GameFAQs.

Rect_Pola

#35

Rect_Pola said:

I'm glad Miiverse is not connected. But I'm a little worried about how little about Wii U seems to be a deliberate private experience. Not just the Miiverse interstitched into games, but would be single player games. It's starting to feel like the ability to play alone is almost on sufferance.

Gamesake

#36

Gamesake said:

I closed my facebook page years ago after I learned they were making money off our personal information. Lawyers and IRS auditors will use your facebook accounts against you too when they can. Creepy stuff. With all that unsecured information floating around, who needs a PS3?

sdcazares1980

#37

sdcazares1980 said:

Good. We have Facebook and Twitter in our computers and smartphones. What's the use of having it on the Wii U, anyway?

Shining-Void

#38

Shining-Void said:

I hate both of those things anyway. It would be a waste of time and effort. I don't even know why I haven't closed my Facebook... again,

KaiserGX

#40

KaiserGX said:

Kinda want to keep these kind of things separate anyways. Or else your going to get stupid comments from people who don't know what your doing. My cousin spams me all the time. I'm already annoyed with Facebook updates anyways that have nothing to do with me but show up because I am friend's with that person.

hydeks

#42

hydeks said:

Miiverse should definitely be Nintendo gamers only. I have a facebook but I never use it, and I don't use Twitter :P

lanabanana

#44

lanabanana said:

That's good. I don't want my friends and family to know what I'm doing ... Plus, i don't even like FB. I have one but I never go on it. :P

Neram

#45

Neram said:

Nothing wrong with that. Being focused around games is what makes Miiverse practical for use with a game system. It's not just another social network, it's game oriented.

WolfRamHeart

#46

WolfRamHeart said:

I don't really care about Facebook or Twitter so it doesn't bother me one bit if they won't be on the Wii U. I closed down my real Facebook account awhile back although I do still have a pseudo account just to follow my favorite companies and sites. I'm just not into the whole social networking thing. :P

Monsti

#48

Monsti said:

I don't understand why people are happy to not have the choice to connect...maybe that facebook hate that's so in right now. But I think it's a missed opportunity to connect with facebook and have the chance to see who of those people is on miiverse and add them all at once...

Chunky_Droid

#49

Chunky_Droid said:

@Monsti: You can always just, you know, ask your gaming (or non-gaming for that matter) friends on Facebook if they have a Wii U. I use Facebook on a daily basis, I don't play any of the games because I can't stand them, but I honestly can't see the point in Miiverse telling all your friends you got 100 coins in Mario every time you do it, or if you fell down a pit 16 times.

Phle

#52

Phle said:

Thank God. I hate Facebook and I'm not going to try Twitter. Facebook actually really annoys me, as you are basically forced into getting an account there or you'll have to spend hours explaining why you aren't on Facebook over and over every time you meet someone, regardless if you know the person or even like him or her. If only Facebook could be materialized and flushed down the toilet...

Henmii

#53

Henmii said:

"Miiverse Won't Connect to Twitter or Facebook"

And that's a very, VERY good thing! That way we only have to concern ourselves with Nintendo's policies and not Twitter and Facebook's weird policies!!!

"If only Facebook could be materialized and flushed down the toilet..."

Together with Twitter...it would be the best day ever!!!

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