During a pre-E3 briefing the other afternoon, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata unveiled Mii-verse for Wii U. And he also mentioned something we didn't expect: interaction with the service through web-enabled devices. You know, like smart phones or tablets.

In a nutshell, Mii-verse is a key component in the upcoming console's online offering, as it'll connect players to each other via a reinvigorated Mii Plaza and messaging. In an awful promotional video shown at the event, you can see how it all works together, and also how someone with a smart phone or tablet can browse Mii-verse's message board and respond to console players in what appears to be real time.

"Mii-verse does not require the use of your big screen. In fact, we consider the small screen of the Wii U gamepad itself as a social window fully capable of linking player to player, living room to living room. Sharing across both time and space," Iwata explained at the briefing. Mii-verse will work across every game, including those without online components of any kind.

"Because the key components of Mii-verse is browser-based, these social connections will eventually be possible outside your home away from the Wii U," he said later.

We expect that Mii-verse will forever be browser-based, meaning we won't ever see an official app on iTunes. Still, this is a cool move by Nintendo, which has struggled to embrace social, digital, and phones. Being able to call up and interact with what's ultimately a Nintendo console service on your iPhone or iPad is pretty hip, regardless if the service is dedicated to them.

We expect to learn a lot more about Mii-verse and any other sort of connectivity later this week during its actual E3 briefing. We'll continue following it, just in case.

Oh, and don't expect this service at launch -- it isn't slated to be available until some point after Wii U is released later this year.

  • Scio X

    Awful? Really? That demo video was funny. And the unspecified action figure, come on!

    • http://twitter.com/touchgameplay TouchGamePlay

      That`s how Nintendo believe all their Customers probably are in the States...

      • sexydaniboy

        Right... So you just can't look at cooky stuff or you'll think phineas and ferb is a documentary, right?

    • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

      Oh it was awful. Awful in a what-am-I-watching-and-why-can't-I-stop sort of way. It was longer and a bit more cringe-worthy than it could have been, but I won't forget it anytime soon and it was much more entertaining than Iwata's earnest but distractingly stilted English.

  • Noah

    Noah, your editor requests you add the word "to" somewhere within the following sentence: "Still, this is a cool move by Nintendo, which has struggled embrace social, digital, and phones."

  • TheShahnameh

    Woohoo, another future dust-collecting paperweight of a console that will inevitably succumb to "The Nintendo Curse", in which only first-party games and about one EXCLUSIVE third-party game per year are the only games worth owning! Same curse they've suffered with every single one of their consoles since Super Nintendo!

    • B34$T

      What does that have anything to do with the article?

      • TheShahnameh

        The fact that the system even exists is what it has to do with the article. Thanks.

      • sexydaniboy

        So you kinda don't like Nintendo, eh?

      • TheShahnameh

        I didn't say all that. I actually own every system of theirs besides Virtua Boy. I'm stating historical fact that we've all lived through and will inevitably happen once again. There's a painful lack of good third-party exclusive games on their systems generation after generation and the shovelware is staggering each generation. Good thing Nintendo-made games are almost always stellar (all dozen or so of them that come out each year) and luckily I could have more fun with Virual Console on Wii that actual Wii disc-based software!

      • JimmyTheTraveller

         TL;DR: You hate Nintendo.

      • mclifford82

        Of course Nintendo consoles are for Nintendo games.  You're not saying anything people don't already know, and are okay with.

        Fortunately for Nintendo, most people only care about first-party games on Nintendo platforms anyway, so they're not going to be in trouble anytime soon.

    • bigrand1

      I completely agree! Nintendo should just give up on console gaming and sell their classics on the IOS!

      • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

        Thing is, those who run Nintendo sort of like raking in cash and paving the way with new ideas for others to follow, neither of which they could continue to do to the same degree if they gave up on consoles.

      • bigrand1

        Well, then, they'd better start making some more of those products soon, because they've been doing something lately that they're not used to be doing, which is LOSING money!

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      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CKBNMJGLGCBQOSH2BM264QIHLI Bridget

        It's been AWHILE since they "paved the way" for anything.

        Hell, they arent even using a unique concept with this newest console.   They saw the popularity of touchscreen-based phones and tablets and whatnot, took a basic tablet design, stuck a bunch of buttons on there to make the worlds stupidest, blockiest controller, and called it "innovative", note the quotes there.  And now they're trying to do social media because Facebook.   Pretty sure that's the entire reason, "because Facebook". 

        The single most unique concept they came up with since the SNES days was the DS, with it's double screens;  other than that, they havent done all that much to "innovate".  The Wii was almost a sorta decent attempt at this, but most people bought it for the gimmick and for things like Wii Sports;  many gamers had stashed the thing away a month or two later, and went back to consoles that, you know, used a normal controller and didnt force random arm flailing as a "control" method.

        It's no wonder people are thinking Nintendo's in a bit of hot water now.  They havent learned ANYTHING over the years and are by far the slowest to adapt to a changing industry.

        I know they still put out good first party games, but.... I'm sorry, I need more than just a once-in-a-blue-moon Mario or Zelda game to make a console worth it.   And the Virtual Console doesnt count;  rehashing old games for a price, when most people interested in such things will either A: already have those old games in physical form, or B: spend exactly 60 seconds grabbing an appropriate emulator and the ROM to use on the PC.

        I used to love Nintendo as a kid, but all the stuff at E3 demonstrates EXACTLY why I went from "love" to "utterly loathe" with them.

      • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

        @yahoo-CKBNMJGLGCBQOSH2BM264QIHLI:disqus I have to say that your rant seems less in reply to my suggestion and more about some deep-seated pain misdirected at a gaming company. 🙂

        I stand by what I said, but I'll add this:
        My reply was against the suggestion that Nintendo should get out of the console business. An additional reason it won't/shouldn't is that Nintendo also enjoys the synergy it can get between software and hardware only if it controls both.

        Also, people shelving their Wiis, verifiable or not, doesn't negate that Nintendo paved the way for Kinect and Playstation Move. Nor does it negate the reactions to Super Smash Brothers and Miis. No company owns every innovation, and for what I'm suggesting to be true it doesn't even matter if Nintendo owns the most. It's just that those who run Nintendo probably enjoy bringing out new stuff and raking in cash, as well.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MSH56N633ACUVD46DAZSBQ3LJU DwayneW

    Browser based apps are the best way to approach this kind of thing without having to go through Apple or Google. Although having an app would be slicker.

  • http://twitter.com/JCman7 James Donnellon

    Can't wait to buy a WiiU

    • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

      Nonspecific action figure approves!

  • azkyckr

    This is nice. I think this a way for Nintendo to "think different" than other developers.