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Nintendo Direct Wii U Summary Released by NoA

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

WaraWara Plaza and Wii U Chat prominent

With this morning's Nintendo Direct broadcast, there was a lot to digest, translate and understand about Miiverse and other Wii U system details. Nintendo of America has kindly put together a short summary video to highlight the key features, and provide a slightly more detailed look at the console's UI (user interface).

Hosted by Bill Trinen, this video focuses on WaraWara Plaza and Wii U chat, with updated footage of the former to give a better idea of how it'll look in English. Some footage is recycled with Trinen narrating, including a look at the 3DS-style menu that will be on the GamePad when the system is turned on, though the menu and WaraWara Plaza can be switched between screens. This video doesn't cover the in-game Miiverse functionality, but it's possible that Nintendo of America will film all-new footage to show that side of the system.

We've summarised most of the important information on the site already, but check out the video below and let us know what you think.

[via youtube.com]

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User Comments (58)

Sir_Deadly

#1

Sir_Deadly said:

So it's still Miiverse but the menu is called Warawara plaza! And thats a kool feature to draw´╗┐ on Wii U chat!

Void

#2

Void said:

At least I could get a better idea about what is going on.. :P

AyeHaley

#3

AyeHaley said:

Ok the Wii U hype is starting to deprive me of sleep...Everytime Nintendo Launches something amazing I get nervous butterfly-in-my-belly itches during a

SkywardLink98

#6

SkywardLink98 said:

There seems to be some delay with the video chat, though they are across the world and my calls would most likely be cross-country if I got the Wii U.

Nintenjoe64

#7

Nintenjoe64 said:

I want to know how easy it will be to transfer my wii to my wii u.

I would also like to know whether softmodding my wii will have ruined my chances of doing so

Radixxs

#11

Radixxs said:

Wara wara plaza is the worst name ever. "Hey guys, check out the wara wara plaza on my new Wii U!" I'm pretty sure my friends would just leave or be confused.

OorWullie

#14

OorWullie said:

Wara Wara Plaza doesn't exactly trip off the tongue,there's no quick way of saying it without sounding daft.Maybe its cool for Japan but they should of probably renamed it for the west.Still not keen on the name Miiverse,just doesn't sound right to me but Miiverse Plaza would of been fine with me.

Robo-goose

#15

Robo-goose said:

What's most important here is that, while Iwata was drawing an outline of Reggie, Reggie was drawing a heart next to Iwata. I think we now know how Reggie got his position!

Ren

#19

Ren said:

no one will ever call it that anyway if they try to name it that in the west. "Menu" works just fine, that's what it is. Also someone there doesn't know how to shoot a proper interview, that guy was super nervous and shouldn't be looking into camera unless he's in the middle of screen, just my observation.

Ren

#20

Ren said:

That's a neat chat feature, but will it only work with other WiiU users while on WiiU? that makes it useless to me; I won't know anyone with one for a year or more, and everycomputer has that anyway. If you can link it to skype, gchat, facebook chat, that stuff than it will be a perfect choice to use but who over age 12 will really use that if it's not? The xbox probably does something like that with Kinect but does anyone really use it to just chat? Probably not much. It would have been a big deal 3 years ago, but it's just not impressive now. The Plaza could be nice for text chat (if they release a good wireless keyboard or a way to even link with SMS on your phone like Apples ecosystem), but if it takes 30m+ like they say, that's also a non-start. This will just have to come down to great games for me to get one. I'll come back after the holiday and see how it looks. I sound negative, but realistically if you can afford this you already have easy ways to do all this so it's not a selling point anymore. Cool but not system sellers at all.

LeasTwanteD

#22

LeasTwanteD said:

Watching something together per Wii U sounds nice and comfy.
/me wants Wah-wah Plaza though

rjejr

#23

rjejr said:

Nobody is going to call it Warawara Plaza. What do you call your Wii start-up screen? Start-up screen? Menu? What do you call your cellphone or DS or PC start-up screen? Nobody every talks about these things, they are just there, so it doesn't matter what they call it. Maybe they should call it "Metro" ;-)

So, all of this is free, correct? {Warawara Miverse WiiU Chat, obviously I know you need to pay for the system, and broadband, and electricity.} Pretty much the only thing holding me back from buying an Xbox 360 is the yearly Xbox Live fee.

19Robb92

#25

19Robb92 said:

@HarmoKnight
It sounds bad, is annoying to pronounce, makes no sense for non-japanese people, doesn't go together with the word plaza at all etc. Pretty horrible name IMO.

Something as simple as 'Social Plaza' would be a much better fit. That would make sense and would be easy to grasp instantly.

Hokori

#26

Hokori said:

@19Robb92 Then don't look at my BL because I have the Japanese names down, maybe I'll even change it to how it's pronounced in Japanese :D sorry I like the names in Japanese, makes me feel like I'm learning

Haxonberik

#34

Haxonberik said:

Who said I liked the word "WaraWara"? I thought it was going to be called Miiverse Plaza on the West.

TheDreamingHawk

#35

TheDreamingHawk said:

I don't get why people hate this name. It sounds weird, but it's something to shut up all of those complainers who keep telling nintendo to not americanize names.

Squiggle55

#36

Squiggle55 said:

I'm fine with them americanizing names, I just don't want silly American puns. Nintendo Plaza would have been just fine in this case, and anything would have been better than "Wii U"

kyuubikid213

#37

kyuubikid213 said:

I can't wait until the Wii U comes out! WaraWara Plaza? I laughed my butt off! Can't wait to use it though. As for the Wii U chat, I wouldn't chat with someone during a cool TV Program. I'd be on NintendoTVii and chat with them about it later.

Shining-Void

#38

Shining-Void said:

Wara Wara- my new favorite word. It'll grow on you just like the Wii and the...Wii...u... -_-. I still think the Wii u is a dumb name.

Hokori

#39

Hokori said:

@TheDreamingHawk Yeah plus if I remember a lot of people hate it when Nintendo dubs there games with something ridiculous.
Pushmo < push or pull or even pullboxs is better then pushmo
Or even though this is Capcom not Nintendo Biohazard > Resident Evil... :|

Ren

#40

Ren said:

I just won't stick, Mii Plaza or Wii Plaza is fine and that's all people will ever call it here. Most people in the west know what a plaza is. Doesn't matter what they want to call it, people will just call it what they feel like. If they try to do some marketing with that, though, no one will ever understand what that is. "Wii" was ok and grew on people, but WiiU doesn't make much sense either. Also sounds like "Wii! Eew!" as in yuck. It would be smart if they actually had some working marketing people for each region, their marketing is always pretty off for the crowd their trying to reach.

Emaan

#43

Emaan said:

Do we even have to worry about the name? I never saw it pop up on the screen or anything. Besides this looks awesome! :D

Ichiban

#44

Ichiban said:

i am in love with Wara wara plaza. its just amazing, EXACTLY what I want from an online service on a games console. They have really won me over with this, i cant wait to get in on this!!!!

Savino

#45

Savino said:

Lol!
Loved the name! Its sounds exactly like tons of ppl talking in the backgrond.
warawarwarawarawara...

BlatantlyHeroic

#47

BlatantlyHeroic said:

So much hate from lazy people who have no fun in their life. Warawara is extremely fun to say, plus, it could be a conversation starter.

aesupreme1

#48

aesupreme1 said:

I can't believe people are up in arms over the name Wara Wara plaza. There is nothing wrong with having a little bit of culture/language foreign to your own integrated within the Wii U. If you don't like the name, don't say it. But there is no reason to get angry over a name. Lastly, I like it. :)

WaxxyOne

#49

WaxxyOne said:

The name doesn't bother me, but for those of you who it does bother, you do realize there is nothing contractually forcing you to call it Wara Wara Plaza, right? You can just call it "the plaza" or "the Wii U main screen" or "a garbage pail full of brains and yogurt" if it tickles your fancy. The most used option is probably going to circulate around and be used instead of Nintendo's name no matter how hard they try to stop it, after all. Remember where "Wiimote" came from? (Actually that was the Streisand Effect, but whatevs)

The fact that this shows games you don't own that are popular and have an easy-to-reach Buy option available probably means Nintendo will be getting more of my hard-earned cash this time around. Curse you and your clever marketing schemes!

HaastMK7

#52

HaastMK7 said:

~Wii U (Awesome)
~Wii U chat (Awesome)
Reggie's Mug (Awesome)
Miiverse (AMAZING!)

I hope we see a 'Miiverse' release for the 3DS soon! :D

DarkNinja9

#53

DarkNinja9 said:

i think its a ok name weird but ok-ish they did say its the japanese name and ppl liked it here in the states and such :P

mudjo

#55

mudjo said:

I was so scared when he asked where he was, drew a heart and wrote, "Let's make..."

Buob

#56

Buob said:

@Void "wara wara" is the Japanese onomatopoeia for a large crowd.

As for the rest of the video, I probably won't use chat for anything, so it's pretty useless to me.

shinesprite

#57

shinesprite said:

Now what they need is the ability to let one person in the room use Wii Chat, while someone else is oh, i don't know, playing NSMB.U on the big screen!

WiiLovePeace

#58

WiiLovePeace said:

I'm going to keep calling it Miiverse plaza, Warawara Plaza just doesn't sound right.

EDIT: Oh & they really should've made streetpass more like Miiverse Plaza, in that when you streetpass another 3DS user you see a list of what games they own, & when they last played those games even if it was to a limit of the last 10 games played. Would've been nice to see instead of simply hoping that someone has the same games as me.

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