With the Wii U launch looming over us, it's rather worrying that we still know relatively little about the online side of the console - even developers are in the dark at present.

However, in an interview with IGN, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime provided some assurances that the company is taking online very seriously, and that Miiverse - a crucial part of the Wii U experience - is going to be worth the wait.

Here's Reggie:

Our vision for this service [Miiverse] is unlike anything that's ever been before it… People put it in, maybe, current terms of things that it's most analogous to, and it's not really what this is going to be. It's going to be a very rich, robust part of the experience.

One of the things that we've found is that gamers want to talk about other gamers about the fun they have when they're playing games. And that's different from what you do on other social networks. We believe Miiverse will be a very compelling part of the Wii U proposition, just like Street Pass and the Street Pass Mii Plaza have become a very compelling part of the Nintendo 3DS proposition.

Still not much in the way of solid info then, but we have to admit, Miiverse does sound very exciting. If Nintendo can really make good on its promise to offer a different kind of online service to that seen on other consoles, then all of this secrecy will be worth it.