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Nintendo highlights upcoming Wii U Miiverse functionality, lots of new games
Nintendo highlights upcoming Wii U Miiverse functionality, lots of new games
January 23, 2013 | By Mike Rose

January 23, 2013 | By Mike Rose
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As the first company out of the gates for the new generation of video game consoles, eyes were once again on Nintendo, which today made an effort to get consumers excited again about the Wii U.

With the popularity of Nintendo's Miiverse on Wii U flourishing, the company today revealed big changes coming to the service, that it says will expand usability -- while also noting a sizable selection of new game announcements.

As part of a Nintendo Direct broadcast, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata explained that from this spring, players will be able to create their own communities alongside the official game communities, essentially allowing them to hold their own discussions about particular games with friends.

Discussing the upcoming Wii Fit U exercise game, Iwata noted that this new game community functionality will mean that friends can come together to discuss specific workouts, exchange health routines and encourage each other to reach their training goals.

Developers will be able to create more than one official community for each of their titles. Official developer Wii U accounts are going to be made available too, so that studios can involve players in a game's development. Developers will be able to share YouTube videos via Miiverse.

The previously announced Miiverse smartphone functionality is on the way as part of the spring update, and will initially be browser-based. A dedicated app for mobile devices will launch later in the year.

Games, games, games

Iwata wanted to assure Wii U consumers that, although there has been a lack of new games since the console launched, there are plenty on the way.



"I apologize for the lack of new titles in January and February," he said, before revealing new titles for the console including two new The Legend of Zelda games.

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD will take the original GameCube title and completely revamp it, with new visuals and tweaked gameplay. It's due for release this fall.

Another unnamed Zelda game -- a brand new one for the Wii U -- aims to rethink the classic Zelda linear-based adventure, and allow players to tackle dungeons in whatever order they choose. There's also the possibility that multiplayer will be part of the game.



Furthermore, Iwata had many more new titles to mention, including a new game from Xenoblade Chronicles developer Monolith Soft, a Yoshi game in the same vein as Kirby's Epic Yarn, and a Shin Megami Tensei vs Fire Emblem cross-over.

And he was keen to note that there are new 3D Mario, Mario Kart and Wii Party games on the way too -- as well as reiterating that Bayonetta 2 and Smash Bros. Wii U are incoming.

To top it all off, the Virtual Console is due to launch on the Wii U soon, and in the buildup to its launch Nintendo is running a series of special discounts on Virtual Console games over the coming weeks.



Balloon Fight is available now from the eShop for Wii U, and costs just 30 cents, while other titles will appear for this price each week, including Super Metroid, Donkey Kong, and F-Zero.

Iwata noted that those Wii users hoping to move their previously bought Virtual Console games over to the Wii U will have to pay to do so -- although this will be offered at a cut price, rather than for the full asking price.


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John Flush
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Every time I hear about the Miiverse the more I like it until I remember it isn't a gaming community, it is a Wii U community. I like all my gaming in one spot - at least blogs, discussions, friends, etc. and it needs to provide all games across all the platforms I have and play. I see this as very limited as it is tied to the Wii U and as such another waste of time.

And fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me - the Virtual Console. I refuse to be strung out week to week again the way I was on the Wii only to never see the games I really wanted on the Virtual console ever make it. Having all my games in one spot is convenient and such, but I will not try to do that again with the Wii U - as such it is not a selling point in the least.

Francisco Javier Espejo Gargallo
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"And fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me - the Virtual Console. I refuse to be strung out week to week again the way I was on the Wii only to never see the games I really wanted on the Virtual console ever make it. Having all my games in one spot is convenient and such, but I will not try to do that again with the Wii U - as such it is not a selling point in the least."

Totally agree with you John. I feel the same about virtual console. I ended wasting tons of money on games that didn't played as good as the original due to painful button configuration and I was not able to replicate my actual collection with downloable ones just because they weren't there. And after that, I have to pay again when I paying 10 fucking for some VC games? And not to speak about pushing VC games on the 3DS of course... Are you joking me Nintendo?

I will not buy a single VC game from them anymore.

A W
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Dear Nintendo,

The only reason I still play games on any console is because of the Legend of Zelda. If you want to HD ever single Zelda game you have ever made (including the 2D ones) I would be happy to hand you my money each time.

Thanks, from a long time gamer.

Alan Rimkeit
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No Metroid? Not interested. Let me know when Metroid is on the horizon.

Bob Johnson
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Wow so what is this charge you have to pay to move your VC games over to Wii U? You do still have those games on the virtual Wii part of the Wii though right?

WindWaker redo is neat although I know I will hate the price and will have to rinse the little bit of throw up in the back of my mouth out after I hear the pricepoint. As long as they mostly keep that cartoon style as it was the best. Also if they put multi-player into the re-make that would be interesting. But my guess is they change the graphics slightly, introduce one new piece of content that lasts less than an hour and charge $50.

These Nintendo direct things have the feel of a North Korean dictator press conference or a blackmail threat from a 1960's James Bond villain don't they? Not that they need to waste money on that stuff.

Joseph Anthony B. A. Tanimowo-Reyes
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Yes, you can still use them on the Wii in the Wii U, and it seems it'll cost $1 for NES and $1.50 for SNES to purchase on the Wii U if you already have Wii versions.

Bob Johnson
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Just saw the pricing. $1 to transfer NES games and $1.50 to transfer SNES games? Ridiculous. And shouldn't the cost to transfer a game be the same no matter the game or system? Not like they don't have most of the work done to run these games on the Wii U since they run on the virtual Wii on the Wii U already.

And paying $1 to transfer NES games when Nintendo is putting 1 NES ( or SNES) game on sale each month for $.30? Let's see should I transfer Super Metroid for $1.50 or wait and buy it for $.30? That is if I owned the game. Kind of dumb.

NOt that I care. Just thought the fee should be $.30 or something. And the sale prices should be $1 or $1.50. These have it backwards.

And not that I don't expect less than this from Nintendo. It is why I bought some stock after all. lol.

E Zachary Knight
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You can still do the Wii to WiiU transfer of VC and WiiWare games free of charge as you have been able to from launch. However, if you want to play any of your VC games outside the Wii partition and take advantage of features such as Gamepad play, you will have to pay to transfer them from the Wii Partition to the WiiU. They decided to charge for that because the games had to be refactored to run on the WiiU with all its capabilities.

Feel free to continue to play your already purchased Wii VC games in the Wii partition free of charge.

As for the 30th anniversary sale, I don't see any reason why you couldn't or shouldn't wait to see if a game you already own is on sale.

Bob Johnson
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@Zachary

Maybe playing the VC games on your controller makes it a tad easier to swallow. But not much since that tech is already in place. I don't think they had to do much refactoring for the games since they already run on the Wii U via the virtual Wii.

Michael Pianta
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My understanding was that you are "transferring" the titles per se, you are purchasing the new versions which have new Wii-U specific features. If you already have the Wii version of the title you can purchase this new version at something like 80% off. Of course you could continue playing the Wii version as well if you prefer.

E Zachary Knight
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Bob,

The controller isn't the only thing. You can play Wii VC games with the Classic Controller just fine. However, the features of the Wii U VC are much more. For instance, you can play the WiiU VC games on the Gamepad Screen, which is what I menat. You can also integrate them into the MiiVerse. I think there were a couple of other WiiU specific features, just can't recall them right now.

Whether all that is worth $1-1.50 is up to you. I would say most people are in your boat and the transfer just isn't worth the money. For others, it may be.

Bob Johnson
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@Zachary

That's what I meant too. Playing them on the GAmepad makes the transfer fee a bit easier to swallow. Forgot about that for a second.

Still doubt I transfer any. AS it is I probably won't play them anyway as I really only played one of the 10 VC games I bought - SF64.

But yes if they do more for the games I might bite, but this is Nintendo. I love 'em and hate 'em a bit although the hate part is usually also mixed with love because I also have some shares of Nintendo.

Eric Pobirs
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Nintendo just doesn't get it when it comes to identity management. This is a huge weakness going forward as I'd be very reluctant to commit any funds to anything lacking physical media. I don't feel that way with Microsoft or Sony. While it remains to be proven by reality, I feel confident both companies are going to make a big effort to ensure heavy users of their console's networks for content and interaction are going to have an easy transition to the next generation of machines.

For example, I have two Xbox 360s, one in my entertainment center and one at my desk upstairs. I don't normally buy duplicate console but there was an unusual circumstance that made it very low cost and attractive. Anyway, the Xbox Live setup makes it very easy for me to move between both consoles. A purchase I make on one is easily accessed on both machines because my identity is portable and both units can access cloud saves.

If my house burned down tomorrow, I could buy a new Xbox 360, log in to my XBL account and download all of my past purchases and cloud saves. It's the year of the fruitbat and this is how a modern console should behave.

John Flush
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That works if you pay for gold and have cloud saves...

Joseph Vasquez II
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From the article:
"Iwata noted that those Wii users hoping to move their previously bought Virtual Console games over to the Wii U will have to pay to do so"

This is completely false.

Did you watch the video before writing this article? I'm sorry to be harsh, but sometimes I really gotta wonder if the false reporting lately is accidental or not.
Please fix.

E Zachary Knight
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I watched the video and Iwata specifically says that it will cost $1 (NES) and $1.50 (SNES) to transfer a Wii VC game to the new WiiU VC service.

Yes it is free to transfer all VC and WiiWare games from your existing Wii to the WiiU, but that transfer only transfers the games to the Wii partition on the Wii U. You will not have any of the new WiiU features that the WiiU VC games will have.

A W
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It is not a transfer. It a repurchase.

Leon T
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Yeah you are not paying to transfer because you can already do that now. You are paying to get an upgraded verison of the game that has off TV play and miiverse.

Joseph Vasquez II
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Direct quotes from the video:

"The Wii U versions of virtual console games are being newly developed for the Wii U system."

"You can purchase the enhanced Wii U version of the same game at the reduced price."

"If you have already purchased the game on Wii and transferred it to Wii U, the Nintendo eShop will display the reduced price for you automatically."

Transferring VC games has been available from the console launch with no cost. If you want to purchase and download the new enhanced Wii U versions, then you are given a reduced price ($1 for NES, $1.50 for SNES).


Edited to make extremely explicit addition:
This means you can still play the old versions on your Wii U if you wish, without purchasing the new enhanced versions.

Bob Johnson
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It isn't like the repurchase isn't also a transfer.

There just are 2 kinds of transfers here.

One free. And one that costs a fee per game.

The free transfer is from Wii to the Wii virtual machine on the Wii U.

The transfer that costs money is the one from Wii virtual machine on the Wii U to the Wii U.

Kenneth Wesley
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There's a new 3D Mario coming. Why would I care anything else? Though that Yoshi game is beautiful :)

Michael Pianta
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This Nintendo Direct was great. I thought Nintendo nailed it. Every single game they discussed is basically a must buy for me.

Joe Zachery
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Great Direct! Leave it to Nintendo to give their fans E3 type news 4 months before E3. When is the last time any one else has done this or ya Nintendo invented the Direct to consumers concept. They other guys could learn something or at least steal the idea like they usually do.

E Zachary Knight
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I also liked that the dropped plenty of "Coming to E3" teasers during it as well.

Dean Boytor
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This is pretty neat. I did enjoy Kirby's epic yarn very much(I thought it was great with 2 people scrambling for beads from the other players mistake :P)

I was a huge fan of Yohsi's Island for SNES as well. So to see the 2 come together will be very interesting to experience.

I finished Windwaker for the first time maybe a year ago (never had a game cube console until I got the wii). HD looks rather neat. I was half expecting Twilight Princess HD, mainly because I saw a screen shot from a Wii U Demo in Nintendo power a while back.

But integrating something like what we saw with four swords or a little bit of the Zelda area of Nintendo Land could prove to be very interesting. I look forward to seeing developer notes ^^

A W
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Shakes my head....

Here is what Iwata as saying,

The cost of the game for the VC will remain the same price it was on the Wii shop if you . If you want to repurchase the game to your Wii U then you can for a reduce price. the reduce price will show up in the e-shop if you already have transferred the game to your Wii side of the Wii U.

You don't transfer your games over to the Wii U. You purchase the game over at a low price. Then if you want you can keep it on the Wii side or delete it off the Wii Side. I don't see the complaint.

Bob Johnson
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The complaint is the cost to do so.

And yes you do essentially transfer your games from the Wii virtual machine that resides on the Wii U to the Wii U sans Wii virtual machine. The fact you can keep your VC games on the Wii virtual machine as well is semantics.

Cordero W
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This article sounds like it's Nintendo Power's job to report on. lol

Jeferson Soler
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Personally, I'm not too worried about the whole Virtual Console repurchase issue. For one thing, I'm not giving up on my Nintendo Wii and will be keeping it along with the Wii U. For that reason, I choose to keep my Virtual Console games on the Wii, especially any other VC games that I plan to buy for the Wii. Of course, that doesn't mean that I don't intend to not buy VC games on the Wii U. I'm planning to buy only 3 more VC games for the Wii, while any other VC game after that will be purchased through the Wii U after I get a SD card to back up any purchased game. Now, the thing that I'm most interested in is Monolith Soft's next game. Not only it's obviously a Xeno game, but it also seems to be using the same battle engine as Xenoblade (aka Xenoblade Chronicles). So far, the game looks really good, in my opinion, but I'm curious about what will be the official name of the game. I wish that I could say that it was a sequel to Xenoblade, but when it comes to Monolith Soft, you never know.


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