June 06, 2012 | 11:29 a.m.
When Nintendo on Sunday announced its Miiverse social network for its upcoming Wii U game console, skeptics immediately started wondering how long it would take before griefers would overrun the feeds with profanity — or worse. Given that users will be able to post drawings and scribbles they create on the Wii U’s GamePad touch screen controller, keeping things clean would seem to be an especially challenging matter. Although the Japanese game company didn’t address that issue in its announcement, it turns out that Nintendo’s chief executive, Satoru Iwata, has already given the matter some thought. That’s not surprising given Nintendo’s heritage as a platform for kids. “Nintendo is deeply concerned about secure communications,” said JC Fletcher, managing editor of Joystiq, a site for game news and reviews. “Whatever they do, it will be severely content restricted.” Fletcher is correct. […]
June 03, 2012 | 6:03 p.m.
Nintendo Co. has taken the wraps off Miiverse, a social network designed for players of its upcoming Wii U video game console. In a 30-minute video released Sunday afternoon on the company’s website, Nintendo’s Chief Executive Satoru Iwata demonstrated Miiverse as a way for players to post game-related updates and questions to one another, send handwritten messages using the console’s touch-screen tablet controller and even set up a video chat with other players. The announcement came two days before the Japanese game company’s formal news conference at E3, the industry’s annual gathering in downtown Los Angeles. Standing in Nintendo’s Kyoto headquarters below the company’s motto written in Japanese calligraphy that translates to “creating something unique,” Iwata in the video insisted that the Wii U, and Miiverse, will be a game-changer for the console business, which has been in steady decline over the last […]