The latest Nintendo Direct broadcast dealt with some of the console software Wii U owners will be playing with, and Nintendo has since released a trailer focusing on the highlights. In specific the trailer covers the Wii U's dashboard, now officially named the WaraWara Plaza, as well as the basic functionality of Wii U Chat. Best of all, we see a conversation between Nintendo big shots Mr. Iwata and Mr. Fils-Aime. It's delightfully awkward and ham-fisted, but isn't that part of Nintendo's charm?
Wii U's WaraWara Plaza, the dashboard of the console, will feature a number of hubs for games and Wii U functionality like Nintendo TVii. Miis of players of the game from around the world will gather around these hubs and occasionally display messages that they've posted online. Both the Miis and their messages will be "updated daily", drawn from activity across the Miiverse service.
After the WaraWara Plaza was shown, we were gifted with a display of the Wii U Chat service which allows gamers to make video calls to other friends with a Wii U. Wii U chat utilizes the camera and microphone on the GamePad for input, and output can be displayed on either the TV or through the GamePad as well. In this way, you can watch a movie or television show with a friend on the GamePad. Just click the the home button when it beings to start flashing and boom, Wii U Chat.
It would all be for naught, however, if Nintendo retained the obsolete friend code system. After all, who like to dial a random series of numbers to call someone, these days? Instead, Nintendo has confirmed they'll be using a user account system, with customized account names for each use. Nintendo says a Wii U can store up to 12 of these accounts, which seems like an odd sort of things to have a cap for.
Anyways, check out the full Englsh Nintendo Direct summary below, and look forward to the Wii U's release on November 18.
"Let's make a good launch of Wii U! <3"
WaraWara Plaza and Wii U Chat - Youtube