Earlier today Nintendo took the important step of launching a beta for a browser-based Miiverse service — you simply visit miiverse.nintendo.net on a smartphone, tablet or computer and you can browse the communities and "Yeah" posts, though you can't post your own comments yet.

Naturally we're left wondering about the other promised Miiverse platform, 3DS, and thankfully it's still very much on the agenda. In his presentation to shareholders following yesterday's financial report, Satoru Iwata has confirmed that Miiverse will arrive on the 3DS this year, while also emphasizing the important role the bespoke social network could play.

Miiverse has been received as one of the big features of Wii U. As we announced before, you will be able to view the content through your PC or smart device from today.

This is a web service on which you can experience Miiverse through your Internet browser. Currently, it is a beta version with content viewing only.

This web service will enable Wii U users to see the content of Miiverse on smartphones even outside the home. In addition, it will play an important role in having those who do not have Wii U understand the appeal of the platform through Miiverse. We would like to enrich the service incrementally.

We are also planning to make available a system update for Nintendo 3DS to allow its users to view and post content on Miiverse on the system within this year. This will facilitate user communication about Nintendo 3DS games and help users enjoy them more deeply. At the same time, the more people take advantage of Miiverse, the more deeply and correctly they will understand the charm of the other platform, Wii U.

As we reported in our financial results summary, Nintendo is emphasizing the role of Miiverse in the potential success of Wii U. Its inclusion on 3DS will be very welcome, and once the browser-based version is complete with posting rights, the social network could potentially gain a lot of momentum.

So, how much and how often do you think you'll visit Miiverse on your 3DS? Let us know in the comments below.

[source nintendo.co.jp]