Nintendo’s Miiverse Won’t Connect with Facebook or Twitter
We learned during E3 that the Wii U would feature the Miiverse, a social communication feature that would allow you and your Wii U-playing friends to gab about games, while drawing pictures of dicks Mario for the world to see. While the idea of making social interaction between players easier, and not reliant on that pesky voice chat thing, finding out about the stringent censors and monitoring Nintendo would be putting in place definitely seemed like a huge drawback.
But things are looking even worse with a new report on GamesIndustry that reveals that the Miiverse will NOT have anything to do with users’ Facebook or Twitter accounts. Which, you know, seems super dumb considering they’re the two go-to options for people looking to connect socially.
Said Nintendo of Europe’s Laurent Fischer:
“What we have discussed so far… I think it is the other way around, from any devices in the future you will be able to access the Miiverse, from mobile phone or laptop. You can check what’s going on and even participate.”
Fischer explained the rationale behind not including a Facebook or Twitter app in their Wii U offerings:
“I have three devices permanently doing that already, what is our benefit to do so also?”
Do I really have to spell this out, dude? People are ALREADY ON Facebook and Twitter. Seeing their friends post things about and from the Wii U would help OTHER PEOPLE get interested in it and also want to post about it or from it. I mean, even seeing some jackhole acquaintences do moves in Words with Friends is a good way to let other Facebook users know that, yes, you can play that game through Facebook, and not have to break out your phone to make a move. Imagine being able to communicate with your Miiverse friends via Facebook, and vice versa? Why would I NOT want to post my crazy dick Mario picture on Facebook? What the hell is wrong with you?
Chances are this is just another outgrowth of Nintendo’s insistence on sanitized communication, the same policy that’s informing their asinine moderation policy for the Miiverse. Yesterday we heard all about how the Wii U could be the preferred console for hardcore gamers. And today we find out yet another reason why hardcore gamers won’t want to go anywhere near this thing. Censorship and sanitization are enemies to creativity and fun.
Am I wrong here? Am I just taking crazy pills?