Nintendo is looking to socialise on its next-gen console, the Wii U, with the creation of the Miiverse, as well as an improvement over the current-gen Wii’s friend codes.
While Xbox Live and PlayStation Home sought to make interactions between players far easier and more free form, Nintendo took a different tack with its console. By using friend codes – that must be shared before playing with others in most instances – Nintendo protected children from predatory actions and unsavoury individuals, but made it much less of a social platform than its competitor consoles.
With the Wii U, Nintendo is ratifying this, saying that it will use friend codes, but not in the same fashion as before.
“What do I mean by that? Here’s what I mean: you will be able to identify people as friends and have a certain level of interaction vs. a different level of interaction for the more general population,” said Nintendo of America head Reggie Fils-Aime.
“The method by which you identify someone as a friend is a lot simpler than what’s happening today with Friend Codes.”
However this doesn’t mean that children will be allowed to roam free. Parental controls will still be in place, with options to restrict or fully prevent access to the Miiverse, play only with friends and other options.
Fils-Aime also said that there would be traditional automated procedures to remove bad language in play as well.