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Nintendo Confirms Miiverse for 3DS "Soon", Smartphone Apps for Network Also Coming

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Launched on the Wii U, Miiverse has slowly and surely come a long way. Regular updates since launch have allowed longer messages to be posted, the sharing of posts to external networks such as Twitter and Facebook, and perhaps most importantly the launch of a web version — https://miiverse.nintendo.net — which has gradually incorporated all of the features of the bespoke Wii U app. Those two services combined have helped to bring Wii U gamers together in communities for dozens of games and services, and is clearly a major part of Nintendo's strategy for growing the platform.

Nintendo's previously confirmed that Miiverse will come to the 3DS — presumably along with the Nintendo Network ID system — while the arrival of the browser site has allowed smartphone access. Speaking at an eShop presentation at The Indie Games Collective event at the UKIE HQ in London today, Nintendo of Europe's Business Development Manager, Ed Valiente, has reportedly stated that Miiverse is coming "soon" to the portable, while Miiverse apps will be released in the future for smartphones, as opposed to simply relying on the browser service. Attendees at the workshop from the indie development community have been tweeting live from the presentation, so we'll have to excuse the occasional typo.

These comments — Nintendo has actually stated that Miiverse will arrive on the 3DS during 2013 — they bode well for the potential expansion of the service. If Miiverse becomes cross compatible on multiple devices and available to all 3DS owners, as well as those with Nintendo Network IDs on the Wii U, then its expansion could be fairly dramatic.

How keen are you to see Miiverse on the 3DS and, potentially, in specific smartphone / tablet apps?

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User Comments (138)

XCWarrior

#4

XCWarrior said:

Could care less about the phone stuff, but I'm sure that will be big. Miiverse on the 3DS will be nice if its fast. But I would rather they upgrade the speed of Swapnote more. That is more personal.

yuwarite

#10

yuwarite said:

Does this mean Nintendo are working on universal accounts across all Nintendo systems?

WiiLovePeace

#12

WiiLovePeace said:

Miiverse on DS? Awesome! Now bring it to the 3DS ;) & I'm excited for lots of 3DS users to join in on the Miiverse fun haha. It's awesome!

suburban_sensei

#13

suburban_sensei said:

@yuwarite

I hope so! It would be great to link our Nintendo Network ID's. I am excited for this, hopefully soon isn't just code for "sometime before 2014". I would love to see this in the next month or so.

Unit_DTH

#14

Unit_DTH said:

@XCWarrior Miiverse and its hand drawn notes capabilities is very similar to swap note. If the accounts get unified then purchases for both consoles become much simpler by not having to put funds separately on each console. Add funds to your account for use on all platforms. That sounds great to me!

NbaJunkie

#15

NbaJunkie said:

Prepare for a Sea of messages...If youve felt like your comments got lost in the shuffle before...But This isnt all bad ,if they add a search button and unified accounts this could be N's Killer app

ToastyYogurt

#18

ToastyYogurt said:

I hope the Miiverse app on 3DS allows you to open it mid game. That's all I'm really worried about.

Mizore

#19

Mizore said:

So wait...is this just going to be a 3DS app? Or is the whole 3DS OS getting a major makeover? o.o

Savino

#21

Savino said:

Miiverse app would be awesome! The majority of my posts there is via browser!

VoiceOfReason

#23

VoiceOfReason said:

So. Miiverse is finally coming to 3DS. I was totally unprepared for this. I am extremely surprised (and happy) about it.. It's coming this year too... Well, I doubt that part.

mr_sean

#25

mr_sean said:

Like the idea of verified Miis for game developers. Could be a very cool way for them to get feedback from gamers; Miiverse has been an online community that has managed to stay mostly idiot-free really successfully so far; hoping it continues!

rjejr

#28

rjejr said:

@ThomasBW84 - I think he's just starting a new trend so we don't all need to keep typing "2DS and 3DS" all the time. Or "2/3DS". Or "3DS family" so the XL doesn't get it's feeling hurt. I understand that most people get if it runs on 3DS it will run on 3DS XL, but how do you simply convey to people the differences and similarities between 2DS and 3DS, they have similar names but look nothing at all alike? Not a good holiday to be a store clerk - explaining to parents 2DS, 3DS, 3DS XL, Wii, Wii U, PS3, PS4, Xbox360 and XboxOne and which games will or won't play in which system. Is the PSP still around or is the Vita flying solo now? Would have been a good year for a Vita3D.

sinalefa

#29

sinalefa said:

@Unit_DTH

I hope it is like that. They said they wanted to make a system to buy games via PC or phones, so I think that would need the Network ID and a single account balance.

idork99

#31

idork99 said:

I'm very keen on the 3DS as I've been waiting for the service since rumors started arising at first.

PinkSpider

#34

PinkSpider said:

Also I hope they incorporate it like the Wii U on the main page and u switch between screens.

Norik

#36

Norik said:

So now people have even fewer reasons to get a Wii U... Good job Nintendo.

JuanitoShet

#39

JuanitoShet said:

YES! FINALLY! I had never forgotten their promise to bring it to the 3DS! My excitement is reborn. :')

mega

#40

mega said:

Nice. Will it be connected with the Wii U MiiVerse since it has the different games?

And will the same games (Like Sonic Lost World and Megaman on the VC) share a same community, even if on different systems? I know you don't know the answers, but just something I'm asking myself.

NImH

#43

NImH said:

It'd be nice to be able to pay for online services directly to my 3DS since it's portable. It'll be irritating to have to wait until I get to a Wi-Fi hotspot to post drawings I did or screenshots I captured. Oh well. I'm still super stoked for this!

themac2001

#44

themac2001 said:

@WiiLovePeace i said you were being observant which was implying you were saying the right...wait, wrong thing? well he said ds so you were TECHNICALLY right.

Firebird360

#45

Firebird360 said:

All I want is unified ID system across 3ds, I own multiple 3ds and would like my mii and content on them all not tied to one system.

Volmun

#46

Volmun said:

I think thay will link it to Pokemon's release tbh but i hope "Soon" truly means Soon lol

SanderEvers

#48

SanderEvers said:

@Firebird360 I think you will be able to use your Nintendo ID like on the Wii U.

So I guess you could activate the same Nintendo ID on multiple 3DSes. And do you see where I'm getting at ;)

I'm certain Pokémon Bank will use your Nintendo ID, so I think this finally means that we'll have a unified account.

Alshain01

#49

Alshain01 said:

The real question is will people need separate ID's for the Wii U and 3DS? Right now you need separate ID's for each Wii U. This is going to get even worse if they don't allow you to make one account to use everywhere.

Chris720

#50

Chris720 said:

Only used my Wii U for Miiverse, but since I can use it online that has stopped. So now that we have confirmation it'll be coming to 3DS soon, I'll have less reason to use my Wii U.

But I'm selling it tomorrow anyway, so yeah.. Man was it a bad idea to buy day one. Not doing that again.

SanderEvers

#51

SanderEvers said:

I think, no I HOPE, you will be able to use one account.

3 things we know:
1. A big WIi U update is coming soon.
2. A 3DS update is also coming soon.
3. Nintendo has said to be working on a unified account system.

1+2=3 :)

c1pher_c0mplet

#54

c1pher_c0mplet said:

Excited for Miiverse on 3DS. Hopefully, this app facilitates quicker responses when playing games online like Animal Crossing: New Leaf, for instance. Personally, I find Swapnote to be an annoyingly slow and laborious effort when it comes to messaging friends back 'n forth. If Miiverse on 3DS allows functionality even remotely close to sending IMs I'll be satisfied. I hate Swapnote (well, for messaging).

yenly

#55

yenly said:

It looks like it is show time now since the 2DS is out all the ressources can go to support both the 2/3 Dees and the Wii Us

SO THE BATTLE IS ON!!

unrandomsam

#56

unrandomsam said:

Anything other than playing games I would rather do on another device. (i.e buying games especially).

jpfan1989

#58

jpfan1989 said:

@rjejr PSP is dead and burried though some retailers it like gamestop still have games in stock just no longer on display and you have to ask about it... Some Targets still have games on display.

Kirk

#60

Kirk said:

It's cool that the 3DS is going from strength to strength but the Wii U...

rjejr

#61

rjejr said:

@Gnoll - ah, yes, the PSPgo. It's so erased from history it can't even be an answer on Jeopardy.

ledreppe

#64

ledreppe said:

Now we just need universal accounts and cross platform downloads so you can take a Wii U VC game on the go on my 3ds at no extra charge!

SkywardLink98

#65

SkywardLink98 said:

Untitled

Even if it was confirmed to be on the 3DS by the end of the year already, this is hyping me up for it!

TruenoGT

#66

TruenoGT said:

I have a theory that all this will happen simultaneously with the release of Super Mario Bros. 3 for both 3DS and Wii U. When they announced in the Nintendo Direct a while back, they mentioned it was coming to both platforms (which seemed pretty unique to me). I'm hoping/praying that SMB3 is the kickoff of VC cross-buy for 3DS and Wii U.

Kaze_Memaryu

#67

Kaze_Memaryu said:

What interests me the most is the change(s) on the 3DS firmware. Since posting screenshots is quite a meaningful part, it would really suck if the 3DS couldn't do so (which would be weird since pressing HOME clearly shows the 'screenshot' in the background).

StraTTtheRipper

#68

StraTTtheRipper said:

Knowing Nintendo, "soon" could be six months to a year. It would be nice to have this on the 3DS, and the plaza would be cool too, but I don't think they are going to do that. What ever happened to the flip note studio 3D we were getting? Everyone kind of forgot about it.

sonicfan1373

#69

sonicfan1373 said:

@Kaze_Memaryu

The multitasking Game Notes application on the 3DS already takes screenshots of both the top and bottom screens of suspended games; thus, that should not be a problem.

StraTTtheRipper

#70

StraTTtheRipper said:

@mega

It will probably be cross platform...meaning the same thing on both systems (is my guess anyway) but yeah, I hope you can post about 3DS games!

SCAR392

#72

SCAR392 said:

My bet is that it will happen when Wii U gets the update for its OS this fall. Since it will most likely be the complete version of the OS, it would only make sense for 3DS to to combined at that point.

Chris720

#75

Chris720 said:

@Gnoll ...really? Are you dumb? :|

I had plenty of games, I just finished or got bored with them. After that I just chatted with people on Miiverse. There has been nothing new for me for months.

gamr4life

#78

gamr4life said:

I have been waiting for this to come to the 3ds for soooo long, and now the wait is almost over! Woooooooohhhhhoooooooo!!!!!

FJOJR

#83

FJOJR said:

Hopefully with the screenshot feature. I like copying those to my phone and using them as wallpaper or posting on instagram.

Sakura

#84

Sakura said:

Any way this could be used for getting streetpass hits? Please tell me the 9 999 99 or whatever it is is not really an accomplishment. 10 000 is enough already to aim at!

Mizore

#91

Mizore said:

That reminds me, what about friend codes? Man, I do hope the OS itself gets a makeover.. :p

JaxonH

#93

JaxonH said:

Miiverse is arguably the best feature of Wii U- this would be the cherry on top for 3DS, as if the system wasn't great enough as is. Can't come soon enough. Bring it Nintendo.

MAB

#94

MAB said:

I'm the opposite, 3DS has no games for me while the WiiU is constantly on heavy rotation... MiiVerse is just as crap as Twitter, full of lamoids and imbeciles ;)

SphericalCrusher

#96

SphericalCrusher said:

Stoked about MiiVerse on 3DS! I use this feature so much on WiiU and phone, so finally excited to experience it on my 3DS that I use every day. w00t

SphericalCrusher

#97

SphericalCrusher said:

@RobbySuave I seem to recall them talking about it, otherwise it would be kinda silly to have two friends list (They did mention that friend codes would be dropped for this new system in the past). I cannot remember where I heard this, but it was a legit source. Either an E3 interview or something - can't remember. I know I am not the only person who has heard it.

RobbySuave

#99

RobbySuave said:

@SphericalCrusher It is silly to have 2 friends lists. It's silly to have friend codes, but they kept it for 3DS. I've always kept up on Nintendo news, and I don't ever remember them saying they were going to unify accounts. And even if they do "unify" them, that doesn't mean your 3DS Virtual Console purchases will work on Wii U or vice versa.

SphericalCrusher

#101

SphericalCrusher said:

@RobbySuave I don't specifically remember hearing anything about unifying accounts, but I do remember hearing about them dropping friend codes or merging it into the new system. In doing so, I would assume they would allow a unified system. Now as far as virtual console purchases, I agree that it's probably not allowed. I wasn't even thinking on that level. I just want to use the same account for both platforms and I'm sure we will be able to... otherwise, there will be no point of putting it on the 3DS, unless you don't own a WiiU.

kereke12

#102

kereke12 said:

OMG My Body is ready it's about time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rjejr

#104

rjejr said:

I guess that answers that question (posed in Post #28) - Nintendo is changing the name of it's 3DS Facebook page to "Nintendo Handheld Gaming". Just got the email that read in full:

A Page you like, "Nintendo 3DS", is changing its name to "Nintendo Handheld Gaming" on September 19.
Visit Page

SphericalCrusher

#105

SphericalCrusher said:

@RobbySuave Yes. Having one unified friends list, having that same account contain the information for your played games on both platforms, etc etc. Shared eShop purchases is a must, eventually though!

Captain_Gonru

#106

Captain_Gonru said:

@SphericalCrusher A quick rant on shared purchases. Why do people feel entitled to this? Yes, Sony does it with games on Vita, a system few people are buying, so why not try to tempt them. And Apple does it, with whatever garbage phone game someone was suckered into buying. Now let's look at two successful platforms, PC and XBox 360. If I buy, say Skulls of the Shogun on 360, I still have to buy it on PC. And on my Windows phone, for that matter. Fact is, people will pay for Super Mario Bros. multiple times to have it on multiple platforms. Why would Nintendo give it away?

SphericalCrusher

#108

SphericalCrusher said:

@Captain_Gonru Good rant man! This is kind of why I thought of this last. I honestly don't feel entitled to it. If I had to buy a game twice, I will buy it twice. It's different playing a game on 3DS and on WiiU, so I'll buy it for whichever I need to. No big deal, but I do want full blown MiiVerse on 3DS with my friends list and MiiVerse pages for 3DS titles. I know they're not going back to add the older 3DS titles but that would rock if they did it.

TeeJay

#109

TeeJay said:

How soon is "soon"? That could be anytime from tomorrow to December 31st. I hate vague answers like this.

VincentV

#110

VincentV said:

@Captain_Gonru It costs money to port, no doubt. Couldn't we get a reduced price since we paid for part of the game (character designs, level designs, etc.)? Nintendo I think should do that.

VincentV

#111

VincentV said:

Hell Yeah!!! Miiverse & likely Nintendo Network IDs. Finally! I've been waiting so long!

TheAdza

#113

TheAdza said:

I will be surprised if the 3DS Miiverse is anywhere near as usable as on the Wii U and smartphones.

mrkuribo

#114

mrkuribo said:

@JoostinOnline That's not official app. I have it too on my phone. It's made by some fan and isn't really a full-blown app, since it just displays the browser version.

JoostinOnline

#115

JoostinOnline said:

It said "(C) 2013 Nintendo" on it, so I just assumed it was by Nintendo. I notice it's been removed from the Play Store though.

DarkNinja9

#118

DarkNinja9 said:

oh well i just think its ok since i can check miiverse on the browser some how this news dont get me hyped up no more D=

Windy

#119

Windy said:

Will the 3DS MiiVerse run independently of the Wii-U MiiVerse. Or will we have to own a Wii-U for it to run?

allav866

#120

allav866 said:

I hope that by linking my 3DS to my Nintendo Network ID I can gain Digital Deluxe Promotion points with my 3DS eShop purchases as well.

Captain_Gonru

#121

Captain_Gonru said:

@VincentV There is certainly something there. I would only add that (and I know this flies right in the face of what I already posted) I question why I'm paying a "reduced" price to repurchase a game on Wii U that I bought on Wii. You don't need a calculator to figure out that I'm actually paying MORE than someone who didn't buy it before. For example, if I had bought Legend of Zelda on Wii, it would have been 500 points, or $5. When I get the Wii U upgrade, I pay another $1. As opposed to someone buying it for the first time, who is paying $4.99, I'm being "rewarded" for my loyalty by paying out $6. Now, I understand new features cost money, and I would be fine with the extra dollar, so long as the "less" loyal new buyer were at least paying the same $6. And so ends my reason for not rebuying any of my Virtual Console games, outside of the 30¢ specials.

Laxeybobby

#125

Laxeybobby said:

It would be great to have one Nintendo ID across both systems as currently I have money sitting on both e-shops, and if the were one I could combine the values to make a purchase rather than keep topping up each.

element187

#126

element187 said:

@XCWarrior the phone stuff is interesting. You will be able to buy games from your phone and your system will automatically download it.... That's big for a lot of us who are at work and have to wait download stuff until I'm off work.

With this app, I can make sure a game is ready to play by the time I get home. It's huge for me

XCWarrior

#127

XCWarrior said:

@element187 Oh I realize it's big for most people. I have one of the final 17 flip phones left in America. I hate smart phones b/c they cost an extra $30 per month to your bill. But if people are able to make more impulse buys on a Thursday morning when games come out, great.

pernz

#134

pernz said:

I can't wait to see Miiverse on the 3DS. It will make it much easier for my friends and I to brag our high scores and such. Having it as an app on other mobile devices would be awesome as well!

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